As a citizen of this country, as a Catholic Priest and Bishop, and as an African-American, I am deeply distressed by the recent violent eruptions of the racial divide in the United States. Last week, I served as the Catholic Chaplain during Week Three of the nine-week summer session at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Moral Leadership in Action was the week's theme.
Over the next few months, our emotions may be on edge. At least through the general election November 8, we'll be bombarded with political discourse that challenges our notion of good and tests our patience. We've come to understand this as a part of American politics, but it certainly feels like it gets worse every four years.
As the summer continues, many of us are engaging in meaningful conversations about life, death and hopeful expectations with friends, colleagues and family members. Already, the tone and mood of our sharing seems to disclose an uneasiness at the seemingly overwhelming brokenness and violence unfolding before our eyes. There is plenty of unconscionable behavior in our streets, neighborhoods, cities, nation and world that leave us wanting something better.
By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
The dream of playing professional sports often begins early for young athletes. Most of the time that dream goes away as reality sets in as the youngster becomes a teen and turns to a more practical career pursuit.
I've been listening to Lillian Cunningham's "Presidential" podcast, trying to glean insights into our nation's earliest leaders. With this month sure to contain fireworks — from the 4th of July to the Republican and Democratic conventions — it feels quieting and introspective to cast my mind back to our first presidents.
A man in mourning visited a grave in The Mount of Olives cemetery. The 3,000 year old burial site overlooks the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat) and contains more than 150,000 graves including King David's son Absalom and the prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. After the destruction of the Second Temple, the Mount of Olives became a pilgrimage site for lamenting Jews because it had a clear view across the valley and onto the Temple Mount they hope to reclaim. The hillside tombs are one of the holiest places for those in the Jewish faith to be laid to rest.