seem to see something that makes us feel angry or sad, tired or helpless wherever we look today. If you're my age you've observed
the dramatic social changes that have occurred in just the last thirty years and note the spiraling journey of ourselves,
our friends and our families to places that seem devoid of goodness, love and hope. The numbness of it all has us scurrying
to our phones, our computers or cable to seek some solace, some balm, some relief.Thirty years ago we cynically laughed at the "Nuclear" family
often dismissing and ignoring the fracture of community that it entailed. We watched situation comedies without understanding
that we were watching the parodies of ourselves and our own lives without reflecting for a moment about it. We thought that
we were the greatest of societies, ignoring that Europe and Asia had been demolished in war, and that for the briefest of
window we were the only game in town.Reality began to knock on our door with the civil rights movement and the entailing sense of chaos. Thankfully we
saw the justice of it all but were reluctant to see the implementation of that justice. We began that downward spiral when
we perceived "other" folks stealing our jobs, our money.....our houses.....our daughters! We haven't looked back
since. The unions were stealing our money. The poor were stealing our money. Taxes were stealing our money. Charity was stealing
our money. This had to stop and it did. To announce that a new sheriff was coming to town to end this abomination , a man
actually announced his presidential candidacy in Philadelphia, Mississippi where three young innocent kids were murdered for
civil rights. A lot of people want to forget that it happened and ignore the obvious meaning of that announcement. It began
the death spiral we are experiencing today. It was the moment that we walked, as a nation, away from God.Today we have no thoughts of
our neighbor and really no idea of who our neighbor might be. It's about phones and Facebook, vampires and war flicks, sex
and sin and war endless war. It's about self and self- gratification and therefore about sadness and failure, pentagrams and
potions, potency and perceptions. God doesn't do those things and cannot be found there. But God hasn't run away either. God
waits. God is the Inventor of waiting, the Master of patience. God waits. God waits for you. We need to read human history to see that we as humans have gone down
this road before. Closing schools and outsourcing civilization has made that required education difficult to achieve but we
must do it nevertheless. We must renew our bonds with each other and with those coming after us. We mustn't be fooled by a
media that won't investigate truth. We must seek truth , convey truth and live truth. We must find our way again. We must
not trust technology as the sole vehicle of our journey but rather our hearts that never stop yearning for the way, the truth
and the life.
The IPCC climate
report is devastating and indicates that
if we don't do something our grandchildren are
going to suffer terribly.
Can we stop texting and
facebooking for a minute.....Hello??
Welcome to Beatitudes, where we
are the arms and legs of Jesus
We are a faith filled, servant community a
A Community Witnessing
Beatitudes is a member of the Ecumenical Catholic
of America and
is a community dedicated to peace and
social justice as taught to us through the beatitudes. It promotes
clearly demonstrated by the early church in Acts, the
and the records of the Early Church Fathers. It competes
with no other
Christian reflection and seeks cooperation with all in
bringing about God's kingdom. In this we find the joy and peace
Becoming a member is an acceptance that you are the arms and legs of
Our Savior , Jesus
Christ. As such we have faith journeys that demand our
extension well beyond a need
for a comfortable Sunday Mass, an idea
opposed by scripture and all
the Church Fathers. As Christians we are
and must be a compassionate and loving people
in a world of hate, greed,
fear and indifference. We must meet hatred with love, fear with
confidence, and greed with personal generousity. We recognize that
serious responsibilities that require a level of maturity that
refuses to recognize the willful forgetfulness of injustice
or the blatant buy-in to a culture of consumption at the expense
of those who are poor and hungry. We are authentic
facing the realities of the world
around us. As brothers and sisters
we care for
each other so that we may have strength to care for
The spirit is willing yet the flesh is weak. That is true for all of us
but we know that we are all strong in Christ and can depend
upon Him for
guidance and support.
Come join us in fulfilling
the Lord's prayer and bringing about the reign of God on earth.
Become a servant with us so that you may feel
the limitless power of the
Spirit. Begin a journey that will end in your salvation and the salvation of those you touch. "Whatsoever you do for the least of these, you do for me." Let us together heal this broken world in
the powerful name of Jesus
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship,to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common;
they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple,they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,
praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
who is your neighbor?
Your answer may be the story of your life.
"See how they love
This is how pagans
in the time of Church Father Tertullian (200
Are we not called to do the same?
Capitalism demands profit at the expense of all other things.Is this the message of Jesus or is it the very opposite of the message of Jesus. Is it ... anti-Christ?
Commitment to Lay Leadership
Lisa is our Christian
Chairperson and Council President
Secretary and the Communication
is a parish
Welfare Coordinator and
Alexei is a parish
Community Health and Welfare
What is wanted now is not simply the Christian who takes an inner complacency in the words and example of Christ,
but who seeks to follow Christ perfectly, not only in his own personal life, not only in
prayer and penance, but also in his
political commitments and in all social responsibilities.
We have certainly no need for a pseudo-contemplative spirituality that claims to ignore the world and its problems
entirely, and devotes
itself supposedly to the things of God, without concern for human society. All true Christian spirituality, even that of
contemplative, is and must always be deeply concerned with man, since "God became man in order that man
might become God" (St.
Irenaeus). The Christian spirit is one of compassion, of responsibility and of commitment.
It cannot be indifferent to suffering,
to injustice, error, and untruth.
Thomas Merton. Peace in
the Post-Christian Era.
by Patricia A. Burton
Feeding the Poor at a Sacrifice
the first centuries
the hungry were fed
at a personal sacrifice,
the naked were clothed
a personal sacrifice,
the homeless were sheltered
at personal sacrifice.
And because the poor
clothed and sheltered
at a personal sacrifice,
the pagans used to say
about the Christians
"See how they love
In our own day
the poor are no longer
fed, clothed, sheltered
at a personal sacrifice,
at the expense
of the taxpayers.
And because the poor
are no longer
fed, clothed and sheltered
pagans say about the Christians
"See how they pass the buck."
Catholic Worker Founder
Racism is America's sin of choice. It
has prevented our
country from achieving greatness on the world stage
and has created a great separation from
God. We have
been punishing dark skin in America since 1492
and our country won't be fixed until we confess that
Isaiah 58 6-10
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the
poor wanderer with shelter;
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
cry for help, and he will say: Here am I
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light
will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth.......
What part don't you understand?