I still remember him vividly. He was a little boy, maybe 10 or 11 years old, who navigated the streets of New Delhi by lying, stomach-down, on an old skateboard, and pulling his body along with his arms. He didn’t have any legs. He rolled over to me, looked up into my eyes, and asked for money. Struggling not to cry, I reached into my pocket and handed over the equivalent of $10, less than what I spend on coffee each week. Giving him those $10 might be among the most destructive things I’ve ever done.
With the topic of depression very much in the news this week, it seems a good time to remember that even the holiest of people have suffered from periods of despair, including St. John Vianney, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and St. Dymphna.
This week is National Missing Persons Week in Australia. 35,000 people (or one person every 15 minutes) are reported missing each year. While the overwhelming majority of these are found, there remain around 1600 people in Australia who have been missing for six months or more.
Catholics gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less funding for the struggle against the deadly virus. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, a special adviser on HIV and AIDS to Caritas Internationalis, said major strides in AIDS treatment have caused many to think it is no longer a fatal disease.
Universal Royalty’s Child Beauty Pageant is coming to Melbourne, Australia, despite clear evidence from experts that the practise is detrimental to the normal and healthy development of children.
The Papua New Guinean community in Sydney celebrated recently the feast day of Bl. Peter To Rot, himself a Papuan who was martyred during World War II for his defence of marriage.
This blog highlights in a humorous the way Catholics feel when they read a Pope Francis headline where his words are taken out of context by the secular media.
We've all been there. You see a friend making decisions you're sure they'll come to regret, or worry that an organization is starting to teeter down the wrong path. And then, in your head, an imaginary little "tut-tut-ing" angel will land on your shoulder and sing those words you've heard all your life.“Judge not, that you be not judged.” –Matthew 7:1
In a recent address Pope Francis deplored what he called “the scourge of drug use.” His comments on June 20 were addressed to participants in the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome.
The phenomenon by which community is killed in the buying, perverting, and selling of the same culture that springs forth from it — it’s everywhere. It’s in the farmer’s market, a cheap, sensible form of shopping that turns into an impossibly expensive trend in the hands of fashion. It’s in sport, a community event if there ever was one, curdling into a vicious, millionaire-making source of Viagra advertisement and shoe sales the moment the consumptive King Midas of non-culture touches it. It’s in beer. It’s in religion. It’s in tattoos and mason jars. The best thing to do — burn the television with fire, get out while you can, or better yet, save yourself by grabbing hold of the Church, that rock of community and culture unmoved by the fads and fashions of the world.
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