Human Trafficking and Slavery












Center for Human Trafficking Awareness

"Human Trafficking is A Plague on Humanity" - Pope Francis


“Out of the Darkness”
Refugees, immigrants, human trafficking victims find themselves trapped
Catholics invited to participate through prayer, action - USCCB


Fast Facts



Human Trafficking


  • Human Trafficking in the News - A Catholic Perspective - Catholic.org
  • International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women on the Street - Vatican.va
  • In the United States, "people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves." - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Living in the shadows: Religion's response to human trafficking - CBS News
  • Survey: How many slaves work for you? - MadeInAFreeWorld.org
  • "There are 27 million slaves in the world today.." - FreeTheSlaves.net
  • "Traffic of human beings is a $10-billion growth industry" - Catholic Relief Services
  • United States: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • USCCB Anti-trafficking program staff at 202.541.3357 - USCCB
  • College Students Across All Majors Strive to End Human Trafficking - Today's Catholic News



Human trafficking is dependent upon
the generous donations of silence and inaction. ~ E.L.D.




Break My Heart, by Jonny Diaz


Published 09.21.2011
Updated and Republished 01.03.2014; 04.18.2015

Divine Mercy


















Celebration of First Vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday - 2015.04.11




Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC: Mary's Gift of Mercy:
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told












Published: 04.27.2104. Updated: 04.11.2015

Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord



"Belief in Jesus, as God [is a] myth"

Atheists are called to "Make the decisions for the rest of your lives."

"Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more."
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron




Historical Questions about the Resurrection of Jesus: Special Easter Post and Podcast - St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

They Saw and Believed: Scott Hahn reflects on Easter Sunday - Dr. Scott Hahn

There is More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye
(Vatican Radio Podcast)

Easter
"Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe,
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day."
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884 - 1889)
CatholicCulture.org







"But if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?  [I]f Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."
1 Cor. 15:12-18

"We don't realize how dangerous Jesus was.  If he is who he says he is, then we have to give our whole life to him.  If he is not who he says he is, he is not a good man, he is a dangerous, misguided, fanatic."
Fr. Robert Barron  


Franciscan University Presents: The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus





"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.


Resurrection of the Body
"The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine..."
Catholic.com

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (New Advent).

"I found the evidence of...the number of witnesses to the Resurrection compelling.
The Resurrection is established as a solid historical fact."
Robert H. Bork, American Legal Scholar and Law Professor

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
"Which theory about what really happened in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday can account for the data?
There are five possible theories: Christianity, hallucination, myth, conspiracy and swoon."
Peter Kreeft, Philosopher, professor, Christian apologist, author



Why I Am a Catholic - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Phd. Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Part I and Part II
"Something happened over 1,970 years ago that changed the course of world history...
This event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Dr. Gary R. Gromacki, Biblical Homiletics, Baptist Bible College

"I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take."
Lee Strobel, Former award-winning Legal Editor of The Chicago Tribune






Implication of the Resurrection for Christian Psychology
"The resurrection means that we presently see, touch, hear, smell,
and taste is not all there is to the story of being human.
We are not a 'closed' universe, meaning that God has always been
and remains active and immanent."
Dr. David Jenkins, University in Lynchburg

Against the Efforts of an Ever Reviving Gnosis
"It is very important, gentlemen, to stress the empirical and sensible fact of the Easter apparitions. If we do not do so, we Christians will run the great risk of changing Christianity into a form of gnosis."

Jesus of Nazareth II
"[I]n overcoming death, [Christ] transformed the expectation of the afterlife."
Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 7: The Burial of Christ
"But something else happened. The women were unable to perform their ablutions on the man they called Lord. Of all the burials and customs we’ve seen and discussed, from es-Skhul to the ossuary of Caiaphas, this one ended like no other."
Thomas L. McDonald
"[The resurrection] is a historical event that nevertheless bursts open the dimensions of history and transcends it...[I]t can be attested by witnesses as an event of an entirely new kind."
Pope Benedict XVI





Faith & Reason (Video Playlist)

"With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew.  He draws all of us after him into the new light of the resurrection and he conquers all darkness.  He is God's new day, new for all of us."
Pope Benedict XVI, 2012




Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Authority of the Catholic Church

Catholics Come Home
"Catholics Come Home, Inc....creates effective and compassionate media messages...to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others..."

Hosted by WordOnFire.org - Word On Fire "draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent. Fr. Barron posts weekly video clips, commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over 500 homilies." 


Published: 04.2011.  Updated: 04.08.2012; 04.05.2013; 04.20.2014; 04.05.2015

Eucharistic Adoration






EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis on his love for the Eucharist




". . .The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace." Blessed John Paul II






Apps



"A master theologian offers inspiring insights into the mystery of Christ's presence in our lives. As festive as the film Babette's Feast and as profound as the work of Ronald Knox, this fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light the spiritual meaning of meal, sacrifice, and real presence in our lives." ©2008 Robert Barron (P)2009 St. Anthony Messenger Press -  Audible.com

Current Events
Resources


"The Christian faith...is meant to be shared...around the world."
- Fr. R. Barron
Formation for Adults





We are all "[beckoned] to something beautiful...our greatest potential." - Deacon Greg Kandra


"Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and EWTN Global Catholic Network offer several scheduled activities to visitors each day." - EWTN




Church & Culture



The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "[T]he Twelve accepted with simple faith a mystery which as yet they did not understand." -  Catholic Encyclopedia



"Without the priest, there is no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. WIthout the Church, there is no Hope." - Author Unknown


Vocations
Youth



"Musically speaking, one of the most moving moments of World Youth Day was marked by a Vigil in Rio's Copacabana beach. Grammy-nominated singer Matt Maher, sang on his knees during a Eucharistic Adoration ceremony, as millions of youths and the Pope prayed before the Blessed Sacrament." - August 3, 2013 - Romereports.com


Published: 06.10.2012
Updated: 10.26.2014; 02.04.2015; 04.02.2015

Who is Jesus?




Fr. Robert Barron



"Belief in Jesus, as God [is a] myth"

Atheists are called to "Make the decisions for the rest of your lives."

For, if the dead are not raised, neither is Christ; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is pointless and you have not, after all been released from your sins.  In addition, those who have fallen asleep in Christ are utterly lost. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are of all people the most pitiable... If the dead are not going to be raised, then let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall be dead.
I Corinthians 15:16-19; 33

Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more.
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron


Pierced for Our Transgressions

"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  New Advent.









"On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary.  Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption...[W]e contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord" (Catholic.org).

Paraclete Press



Updated: 04.02.2015

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
















"Today...[L]et us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life." - www.CatholicPhilly.com





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Common Core










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"As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise." - Catechism of the Catholic Church





Religious Persecution: 100 Million Brothers and Sisters Suffer for Their Faith in Christ






"When the Saints go marching in, I want to be one of them..." - Sara Groves













Stories of Christian Persecution | I Have Decided to Follow Jesus - No turning back...








President Obama Agrees to Meet with Pastor Saeed’s Wife








"God is alive... He is with us forever..." (Daughter of Asia Bibi).
Death Penalty Upheld; Battle Not Over - 10.21.2014




Hate is a learned behavior and so is the act of disengagement. - Barbara Coloroso





Did you know over 100,000,000 brothers and sisters in Christ suffer persecution for their faith?  That is to say, people who believe in our Lord, and live out their lives faithful Christ's teachings "suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith" - Open Doors USA



"Lord, I have a heavy burden...
But your Word is shut up like a fire burning in my bones...
calling for freedom..." - Sara Groves



Persecution




"There are more martyrs today than in the first early centuries of the church." - Pope Francis





Did you know in 2010 then Pope Benedict XVI had something to say about religious persecution? - FoxNews.com

According to Vatican News, "Holy Father Benedict XVI...stressed that in many Countries Christians are deprived of fundamental rights and sidelined from public life; in other countries they endure violent attacks against churches and their homes. At times they are forced to leave the countries they have helped to build because of persistent tensions and policies which frequently relegate them to being second-class spectators of national life." Vatican News 

Did you know as a faithful follower of Jesus, you can do something to help?
  1. Stay informed.  See Catholic News Agency for more information.
  2. Get involved.  See Aid to the Church in Need or Where God Weeps for some suggestions.
  3. Let others in your parish know, and begin to dialogue and allow the Holy Spirit to move each of you to employ your collective skills, talents and prayer to aid others in need.






"Every man and every woman should be free to confess their religion of choice..." - Pope Francis

A persecuted Church ‘The 21st century has already seen in its first 13 years 1 million people killed around the world because of their belief in Jesus Christ.’ - Editorial Board OSV Newsweekly

"The Catholic Church embraces with hope the commitment to ecumenism as a duty of the Christian conscience enlightened by faith and guided by love, Jesus himself..." Quotes From Church Teaching On Ecumenism And Interfaith Dialogue

"It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good.  This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 913



Persecution of Christians (Catholic TV)

Resources

Advocacy



Articles / Reports


  • Father Gerald Murray on the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI - "[T]he pope is very intent that all believers in God come to a common understanding of how we defend the basic right to religious freedom in the modern world, the right of believers to be able to practice their faith in the public square without coercion; also very sensitive to the right of people to be able to change their religion without suffering penalties of the civil law."



Lethal Attacks on Those Who Live for Christ

Podcasts

Videos


A New Defender Of Religious Freedom In Europe


Websites
  • Church in Need - As an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need’s mission is to help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide.
  • Hudson Institute: Center for Religious Freedom - The Center for Religious Freedom promotes religious freedom as a component of U.S. foreign policy by working with a worldwide network of religious freedom experts to provide defenses against religious persecution and oppression.
  • Movement for the Abolition of War
  • Odyssey Network - "Stories of Faith in Action.  Stories Changing the World.  Odyssey Networks, founded in 1987, is the nation's largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that fosters understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives and that enriches spiritual life."
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Persecution.org - International Christian Concern: ICC acts as a bridge between believers in free countries and believers in persecuted countries. This bridge carries encouragement, prayers and aid in while news, requests, and love flow back over the bridge. 
  • The Woolf Institute - The Woolf Institute is a global leader in addressing one of the most pressing and rewarding challenges of our time: the current and historical relationships that exist between the faith-traditions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity, with special reference to Europe and the Middle East.
  • Vatican Radio - The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the world!
  • United States Commission International Religious Freedom
  • Where God Weeps - Where God Weeps is a weekly TV & Radio show produced by Catholic Radio & Television Network with the support of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
  • World Watch List - The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst.




This is your Catholic moment... CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization


Published 03.02.2013
Updated 10.22.2014; 01.21.2015; 01.29.2015

Parenting Teens














"Families are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone's individuality is permitted to flourish." - HealthyChildren.org





"Parents' respect and affection are expressed by the care and attention they devote to bringing up their young children and providing for their physical and spiritual needs. As the children grow up, the same respect and devotion lead parents to educate them in the right use of their reason and freedom."  - Catechism of the Catholic Church


Resources

  • Best Catholic Apps to Change Your Life - Pinterest
  • "Does Your Teen Want More Privileges? Sign a Contract First" - Amy Morin
  • "Depression in Children and Teens" - National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Family Honor - "Family Honor will prepare and empower parents, the primary educators of their children, and church leaders to evangelize about the truth and meaning of God’s gift of sexuality."
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk - Audible
  • Parenting - "When parents take the time to learn and grow in their own faith, they can pass valuable treasures onto their children and build a family centered on love." - CatholicsComeHome.org
  • "Parenting Your Catholic Teen" - TheFaithExplained
  • Positive Parenting with a Plan - "All families are uniquely beautiful in their own way. Dr Johnson seeks to help families become as vibrant, functional, and healthy as possible." - Family-Rules.com
  • Surviving Your Adolescents - "A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. has worked with children, adults and families for over 35 years." - 1-2-3 Magic Parenting
  • "The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction" - National Institute of Mental Health
  • "When Teens Know One Parent Will Say Yes" - ForYourMarriage.org