Making a Difference

The best way to remember those who have been killed in battle is to work for the day when others will no longer be sent to take their place.  Prayerfully reflecting on how to move away from war and war preparation should be central to every Memorial Day. Why do presidents and congresses send young men and women to kill and be killed?  Why do most Americans so easily accept their worn-out, immoral answers? And why can’t we finally learn how to wage peace, instead of war? Some time...

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May 09, 2016

The miracle of life

By Tony Magliano

I experienced a miracle!  A few days ago, I held in my arms my first grandbaby – newly born Faith Annmarie.  Thank God she’s healthy and perfectly formed. And as I was looking at her, I reflected how wonderfully she is made – arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, mouth, nose, ears, as well as what I couldn’t see but was just as real – hundreds of different tissues, dozens of organs including the remarkable brain, and trillions of cells.  And then I reflected on her divinely...

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For the first 300 years of Christianity followers of the nonviolent Jesus – imitating his example – practiced total nonviolence. But after Christianity was legalized and later made the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christians began fighting for the empire. And sadly, Christians have been fighting for empires ever since. The “just war” theory was developed to offer criteria – like protecting civilians from attack – that had to be met before war could be theoretically morally...

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April 11, 2016

Transform the world!

By Tony Magliano

“You are the light of the world.”  Don’t take my word for it, that’s Gospel truth from Jesus himself (Mt 5:14). And it’s a tall order, indeed.  Now on the other hand in John’s Gospel, Jesus says “I am the light of the world.” Now that at first glance makes far more sense. After all, Jesus – God in the flesh – is obviously “the light of the world.”  But then, Jesus assuredly adds, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). And so the...

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March 24, 2016

Christian genocide happening now!

By Tony Magliano

For many of us who strive to seriously practice faith in Jesus Christ, and to extend that practice out into the marketplace, the political square and society at large, persecution rarely means more than being ridiculed, verbally harassed, and to a certain degree socially and politically marginalized. But for so many other Christians throughout the world who courageously refuse to deny Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – with all that that means – persecution means torture, rape,...

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March 14, 2016

Slavery in the 21st century

By Tony Magliano

Slavery ended in the 19th century, right? Wrong.  It’s an easy enough mistake to make. After all, the end of America’s civil war and the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – both in 1865 – brought an end to slavery in the U.S. And the British Slavery Abolition Act in 1834 ended slavery in the West Indies, Mauritius, and South Africa.  But many countries didn’t outlaw slavery until the 20th century. In fact, it wasn’t until 1981 that Mauritania finally abolished slavery –...

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February 26, 2016

Pope Francis pleas for migrants at U.S.-Mexico border

By Tony Magliano

Standing on Mexican soil, less than a football field’s distance from the U.S., Pope Francis boldly spoke out on behalf of thousands of desperate migrants trekking long dangerous distances hoping to obtain asylum in the U.S.  On the last stop of his recent pastoral visit to Mexico, in Ciudad Juarez – the border city across from El Paso, Texas – the Holy Father in his homily during an open-air Mass said, “The human tragedy that is forced migration is a global phenomenon today.  This crisis...

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February 11, 2016

The Way of the Cross continues on

By Tony Magliano

In his strong identification with the poor and vulnerable, Jesus makes it perfectly clear that when we meet the needs of these least brothers and sisters, we are ultimately serving him. And when we – as individuals, churches, states and nations – do not adequately meet the needs of the down-trodden, we have failed to do good to Jesus (Matt. 25:31-46). With so many countless fellow human beings needlessly suffering, Jesus’ own suffering continues on to this very day – in them and with...

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February 02, 2016

Abortion: out of sight, out of mind

By Tony Magliano

Due to the blizzard that hit the mid-Atlantic, my bus never made it to the 43rd March for Life in Washington, D.C. But thousands of others were able to brave the snow and wind to witness to the dignity of unborn human life, and to protest the gravely immoral practice of legal abortion in the United States. The following day, Jan. 23, thousands of people from western states participated in the 12th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. And throughout the U.S. various other...

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Deeply concerned about a “globalization of indifference,” Pope Francis in his 2016 World Day of Peace message titled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace,” warns that “the first kind of indifference in human society is indifference to God, which then leads to indifference to one’s neighbor and to the environment.”  Pope Francis writes, “Some people prefer not to ask questions or seek answers; they lead lives of comfort, deaf to the cry of those who suffer. Almost imperceptibly, we grow...

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