Fulton J. Sheen’s Lessons on Love & the Greatest Commandment

from Catholic Exchange AL SMITH Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was a man for all seasons. Over his lifetime, he spent himself for souls, transforming lives with the clear teaching of the truths of Christ and His Church through his books, radio addresses, lectures, television series, and his many newspaper columns.   As a much sought-after lecturer, his topics ranged from the social concerns of the day to matters of faith and morals. With an easy and personable manner, Sheen could strike up a conversation on just about any subject, making numerous friends as well as converts.  During his presentations, Archbishop Sheen would offer his trademark words of benediction, “God love you”. Sheen explained that his phrase “God love you” means God is love, God loves you, and you ought to love God in return.  Along with his familiar parting phrase of “God love you”, Archbishop Sheen was known for beginning his lectures with the greeting “Friends”. This salutation had a twofold meaning: he was referring to the scripture passage “I no longer call you servants… instead, I have called you friends.” (John 15:15). And, he wanted to make friends with men and women of all faiths, in the hope of...

Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

VATICAN DICASTERY DISABILITY VATICAN The #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities begins from 6 December with a series of video testimonies of Christians living with disabilities. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch on Monday of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, “I am Church!” “I am Church” through Baptism In his message to persons with disabilities on the occasion of the International Day dedicated to them, Pope Francis noted that Baptism gives each one of us, “without exclusion or discrimination, the possibility of exclaiming, ‘I am Church!'” Echoing the Pope’s words, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the videos, which will be released weekly, with the aim of highlighting the contribution that persons with disabilities offer to the ecclesial community on a daily basis. The videos will illustrate the work of evangelization carried out by some young deaf persons in Mexico, of a monastery in France where several nuns with...

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Apostolate of Charity

SOURCE: https://catholicexchange.com/blessed-pier-giorgio-frassatis-apostolate-of-charity NOVEMBER 10, 2021 CHRISTINE M. WOHAR Every one of you knows that the foundation of our religion is Charity. — Pier Giorgio Frassati In the moving account of the death of Pier Giorgio Frassati writ­ten by his sister Luciana, his actions in his final hours showed the depth of his compassion for the poor and sick whom he took care of regularly. It was Friday, July 3, 1925. He would have normally gone that day to the weekly meeting of his Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. Instead, he was bedridden with a fatal diagnosis of polio and surrounded by his grieving family. Almost completely paralyzed at this point, he asked his sister to bring some items from his study and then wrote these barely legible instructions: These are the injec­tions for Converso. The pawn ticket belongs to Sappa; I had forgotten it, renew it on my account. Unnoticed Acts of Giving Requests like these would not have come as a surprise to his friend who received this note. After all, this was how Pier Giorgio spent so much of his life — doing one unnoticed act of charity after another. Providing medicine, schoolbooks, bus tickets, food, and...

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori – Salesiani Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta

Minori stranieri non accompagnati, Salesiani per il Sociale lancia la piattaforma digitale per la formazione e aggiornamento degli operatori 14 Settembre 2021/in Intorno a noi / Viene lanciato ufficialmente il Digital notebook, L’accompagnamento dei minori non accompagnati in Europa: le esperienze dei Professionisti del sociale che rappresenta un valido strumento per tutti gli operatori che lavorano sul campo a supporto dei minori stranieri non accompagnati. Già il 16 ottobre 2020 era stata lanciata la piattaforma inglese e francese, all’interno del webinar internazionale, Caring for unaccompanied minors in Europe e ad oggi è disponibile anche in italiano, greco e tedesco. La piattaforma è frutto del lavoro svolto all’interno del progetto Building knowledge from local practices: a solution for better care and support of unaccompanied minors in Europe, che ha coinvolto 7 partner europei: Apprentis d’Auteuil in Francia, in qualità di capofila, Salesiani per il Sociale APS in Italia, Christliches Jugenddorfwerk Deutschlands in Germania, The Smile of a Child in Grecia e partner del campo di ricerca, Università di Ghent in Belgio, Università del Bedfordshire in Inghilterra e Osservatorio sulla migrazione dei minori – Università di Poitiers in Francia. Questo strumento offrirà agli operatori l’occasione di una formazione continua e la possibilità di confrontarsi con una community di esperti nel settore e con altri operatori che operano nei diversi paesi. Durante...

Only love matters.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MAY 22, 2021  EASTER SATURDAY 7 WORD of the DAY  Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?  You follow me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?”      (John 21: 20-22) How shall I live this Word?   How much curiosity do we show in our daily life about those who live close to us, curiosities often disguised as interest and care for the other, but dictated by the deep and morbid need to know and to enter into the life and choices of others: “What concern is it of yours?”. How many jealousies we feel for what others do, for their...

Love each other…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MAY 14, 2021  EASTER FRIDAY 6 St. Matthew Apostle WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you:  love one another.”                                 (John 15: 9-17)...