Of all the evils that break God’s heart, human trafficking, especially of children, has got to be on the top of the list.
Tuesday was the 850th “anniversary” of the murder of Thomas Becket on the steps of Canterbury Cathedral by King Henry’s knights. The commemoration on December 29 is often seen as a reminder of the danger of a powerful state in conflict with the Church.
And it is that.
For me, however, having taught T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral to high school students for years, Becket’s martyrdom usually brings to mind the call to ordinary people to live ordinary lives in the face of uncertainty, injustice, and death.
Joshua was a child born out of wedlock to a teenage mom in a middle eastern country. Under persecution from an autocratic government, his family fled as refugees to a neighboring country. Despite this inauspicious start to his life, he grew up in a good home with a solid religious upbringing. But as an adult, he espoused some radical ideas that challenged the religious authorities. As a result, he was arrested under false charges of treason and advocating tax evasion, convicted after an unfair trial, and ultimately sentenced to the death penalty.
Christian Legal Society presented a free webinar, Asylum in the United States: An Overview of the Law and Recent Changes & Special Considerations for Christian Legal Aid Clinics, for anyone interested in learning about serving those who are persecuted abroad.
It was probably written around A.D. 55 or 56-a long, long time ago!
Long before the first presidential debate, bad things happened in Philadelphia. Bad things were already happening in Philadelphia in 2018, when the City of Philadelphia ended its relationship with Catholic Social Services (“CSS”). The Catholic Church had been providing adoption services in Philadelphia for over 200 years. However, the City ended the relationship after news reports indicated that CSS does not screen same-sex couples for prospective foster parenting because such placements would run counter to its religious convictions. Notably, CSS was one of thirty adoption agencies wor
As I shared in my previous two posts, God is not taken by surprise by COVID-19, and around 1000 B.C., He inspired a psalmist to write and sing Psalm 91. This Psalm is most certainly for us in such a time as this. In view of this and other deadly prospects, it gives us security for such a time as this.
Sadly, the elderly are being hit from multiple fronts during this coronavirus pandemic. Not only are they the most susceptible to contracting the virus, the social isolation leads to greater loneliness, makes it harder for them to get needed help, and makes them more susceptible to physical abuse and financial manipulation.