15 things: ministry in Miami, courage, humility and more



3. A week after the building collapsed, Miami clergy are still comforting families

The archdiocese also has priests in place in the rubble serving as chaplains to the fire and police departments as they work twelve-hour shifts.

“Our chaplains are there to comfort them, to support them emotionally, to pray for them, to pray with them”, [Mary Ross Agosta, the Archdiocese of Miami communications director] mentionned. “(Wednesday) they found two children and a few days before they had found toys and so on, so many of these firefighters are young and have families of their own, so it’s devastating for them.”

The Saint-Joseph parking lot is where many national and international media have settled, so there are priests turning to offer their support. On Wednesday, Agosta obtained credentials for three priests to enter the main media area to also offer pastoral support to people here.

“It’s raining heavily and the priests walked through the mud, talking to them slowly,” Agosta said. “Three journalists burst into tears when they saw the priests. Some ask for prayers. Some ask for blessings. Some just want to hold the priest’s hand and say it’s so awful.

If there is a glimmer of hope among all the sadness and tragedy, [Bishop Thomas] Wenski said it is the resilience of civil society and the willingness to come together.

4. Florida woman saw a crack form in her apartment and thought, “You have to run to save your life”

Iliana Monteagudo told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the day before the collapse, she put her pills and credit cards in her purse and lit the candle of Lady Guadalupe, considered a national symbol and a matriarch. for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, as well as an important Catholic figure. [Also known as the Mother of God.-KJL]

She went to bed, but around 1 a.m. she was awakened by what she called a “rare force.”

Believing the sensation was coming from an open balcony door, she went to her living room to try to close it. But behind her, she saw a crack coming from the ceiling, snaking quickly along the wall and quickly opening.

“Something inside of me said to run,” Monteagudo said. “You have to run to save your life. “

5. Gérard V. Bradley: Grimm indeed

On June 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm. It takes four judges’ votes to grant the review. In Grimm, there were only two: those of Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. So the best-known and longest-running ‘transgender bathroom’ affair ended with a whimper.

6. Chabad rabbi stabbed and injured in attack outside Boston Jewish center

The report says a man approached (Rabbi Shlomo) Noginski, who was outside talking on the phone. He pulled out a gun and told Noginski to take him to his car. When he tried to force him in, Noginski tried to run away and the man stabbed him… eight times.


8. Gil Troy: “Jewish supremacy”: a Nazi insult awakens

The Jews’ obsession with Jewish ‘power’, as Jews have endured centuries of helplessness and persecution, proves that hatred of Jews, the oldest hatred in the world, is also the most plastic hatred – artificial, fungible and sometimes fatal. The Jews were persecuted because they were rich and poor, Marxists and capitalists, they integrated too much and stood out too much. The Nazis justified their mass murder of Jews by stepping up the duck on Jews controlling the world in a fight against “Jewish supremacy.”

There is no justification for resurrecting that horrific Nazi term now to slander Zionism. Beyond the millions of people tortured and murdered on the basis of this vile lie, the term remains rooted in an obsessive and distorting hatred of the Jewish people. Zionism is simply Jewish nationalism. Like all nationalisms – in fact, like all expressions of a particular identity – it necessarily distinguishes between “us” and “them”. This is what Palestinian nationalism and black nationalism do, what feminism and queer pride do, and what Americanism and Canadianism do. But community is not superiority; celebrating the bonds that form a community builds the “us” without necessarily denigrating the “them”.

9. Ryan T. Anderson: Bishops, Biden and Communion

The Eucharist, writes Pope Francis, “is not a price for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and food for the weak”. But what if “the weak” deliberately defend their sin and relish the confrontation with the shepherds chosen by Christ? The Eucharist is meant to help heal sinners, but it requires repentance.

Representative Ted Lieu from California, a Catholic, did not respond with repentance but by tweeting his own support for abortion and daring the bishops to deny him Communion. It is not the posture of a “weak” man in search of medicine and food. It is a formal and public challenge to the church of which he freely chooses to be a member. And it’s not just Mr. Lieu. Almost 50 years after Roe v. Wade, countless Catholic political leaders claim that the decades-old opinion of seven Supreme Court justices trumps millennia of Church teaching and a basic understanding of biology, equality and justice.

ten. Breastfeeding athletes will be able to bring children to the Tokyo Olympics.

11. John Podhoretz: Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ adaptation will get it canceled

Why is it going to be canceled? Simple. Lin-Manuel Miranda and his co-author Quiara Alegria Hudes have just been devoured alive on social media and in the pages of the New Yorker and The Washington Post for allegedly mismanaging the “portrayal” of Hispanics in the recent “In the Heights “. “

Miranda is the most famous culture creator of Puerto Rican origin. Hudes is a Pulitzer-winning Puerto Rican playwright. And they are charged – and, therefore, convicted, given the logic of guilt until innocence is proven from social media – with a form of cultural genocide because their film somehow made Latinos “Invisible” of a darker skin tone.

In a world where Miranda can be accused of crimes against humanity by creating and producing the most common Hispanic cultural product in history, what chance does Spielberg have of outliving the totalitarian commissioners of our time who seek to send artists to the cultural gulag for crimes they put on make-up on the spot?

12. Fight depression, find hope

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Bioethics Program at the Irvine School of Medicine, University of California, and author of A Catholic Guide for Depression. He warns that if we “spiritualize every emotional or mental health problem prematurely, we risk ignoring important healing options.” We also risk unfairly stigmatizing the person who is suffering from depression and blaming the victim for something that may not be their fault.

In other words, depression doesn’t mean your spiritual life is failing. In fact, some great saints suffered from depression. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is believed to have struggled with her as a teenager, and Mother Teresa’s diaries after her death revealed that she felt worthless and unloved. Being depressed is not a lack of trust in God.

13. Monsignor Charles Pope: Of the need for friendship and its loss in our time

The lack of deep friendships in the truest sense of the word causes many problems. True friends help shape our personality, filling in what we lack. True friends suppress sins and other awkward quirks that we may develop. True friends encourage us and enrich us. Without real friends, we remain incomplete. Without the necessary rebuke that friends can give, we can suffer from pride and other selfish character flaws.


15. Archbishop José Gomez:

In our current debates, we could use some of their humility and realism about the human condition. It might help us realize that America is not a nation with bogus founding ideals, but a nation whose founding promises have yet to be fully fulfilled.

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