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Day: August 30, 2021

JARS – Jesuit Antiracism Solidarity East

JARS East is a space for those who have a passion for racial justice to come together to pray, reflect, and act.  JARS is open to all connected to the Province in any way: Jesuits, colleagues and friends.  Known primarily for our monthly consolation & desolation reflections on racism, which

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Caring for Our Common Home & The Renewing the Earth Campaign

The Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) and the Laudato Si’ goals and action plan insist that the Jesuits pursue ecological conversion.  With transformed hearts, hearing the integrally connected cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, we are called to the front lines where individuals and communities are responding

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Crisis Response: Afghanistan and Haiti

Amidst the conflict and crisis in Afghanistan, JRS/USA has launched an advocacy effort calling on all world governments to provide welcome and protection for Afghan refugees.  You can see JRS/USA’s statement to the Biden Administration and Congress to ensure that Afghans seeking refuge can seek protection and write your elected leaders.  JRS/USA

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Maryland Catholic Conference Update

U.S. Bishops Support Pregnant Worker Fairness Act: The chairmen of three committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, recently wrote Congress to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act,

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Emergency Rental Assistance

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has launched an Emergency Rental Assistance Data Dashboard. The dashboard tracks the progress local jurisdictions in the state are making in distributing relief funds for tenants and landlords affected by the pandemic. The department also has advised tenants and landlords to visit rentrelief.maryland.gov or call

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New Resource for Catholics on the Environment

The Archdiocese of Washington has released a comprehensive Laudato Si Action Plan, just in time for the annual Season of Creation that starts on Sept. 1, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and culminates on Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The new plan,

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Back to School

Families received notification about BOOST scholarship awards from the State of Maryland earlier this month. The 40 percent increase in BOOST funding passed by the General Assembly during last winter’s session is having a big impact for low-income families. Students in elementary schools are receiving slightly larger awards while those attending high

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Support Creating Pathways to Citizenship

Last Tuesday, August 24, the House of Representatives passed the same budget resolution the Senate passed earlier this month. Both resolutions include instructions to the Judiciary Committee to draft language that creates “lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants” in the budget reconciliation package. We must not stop putting pressure on

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Ignatian Spirituality Project

The Ignatius Spirituality Project (ISP) began in 1998 when Fr. Bill Creed, SJ was invited to begin making the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius available to the economically disadvantaged. Together with his friend Ed Shurna, Director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, they created a retreat that brought hope. Our ISP ministry

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The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

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