KANSAS CITY, Kan. — They were here for just six weeks, but three Jesuit novices gained experiences to last a lifetime during their short stay.
As they have been in years past, the novices and their director and assistant director, from the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, were hosted at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kansas.
The three novices — Matthew Hearley, nSJ; William Manaker, nSJ; and Christopher McCoy, nSJ — are in their first year of the novitiate with the Society of Jesus. Their days in the archdiocese included everything from leading a confirmation retreat at Resurrection School at the Cathedral in Kansas City, Kansas, to providing spiritual care to patients at Providence Hospital, to ministering to Catholic inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility.
The novices did take time out of their busy days, however, to answer some questions from The Leaven about another Jesuit — Pope Francis — and what they are learning from his example.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The archdiocesan pro-life office has launched a new initiative to close Planned Parenthood, but it won’t succeed unless there are “boots on the ground.”
During the annual March for Life on Jan. 22 in Topeka, archdiocesan pro-life consultant Ron Kelsey announced the “Brick by Brick” campaign to close down Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in Overland Park.
How? By getting Catholics out of their chairs and onto the sidewalks to pray and witness.
“With many people dying for their faith in parts of the world, I encourage Catholics to be courageous in witnessing for the sacredness of human life,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann. “Please participate in this prayerful, peaceful, persistent and patient public witness for life.”
Kelsey calls the campaign “Brick by Brick” because decades of activism and prayer have resulted in cracks in the mighty edifice of Planned Parenthood, said Kelsey.
Now, he said, “we are seeking cracks in the bricks [of support] for Planned Parenthood.
But I am not so sure any of us have heard it with the same kind of force it had when first told.
The love a Jew would have had for a Samaritan would have been like the love a Ku Klux Klansman would have for an African- American. There is a real bite to this story for a society in which almost everyone saw Samaritans as impure inferiors to be avoided, a group hated and despised for many centuries.
We are commanded to love our neighbor and told in this story that neighbor means everybody. There are no exceptions. But is this even possible? Our faith teaches us that not only is it possible, it is expected. Talk about great expectations! Good news, though. There is a school we all attend that can teach us how to love in this seemingly impossible way.
All Catholics 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and all the Fridays of Lent. Catholics 18 to 59 years of age are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday — a fast consisting of one normal meal and two lesser meals, with no eating in between. It is also recommended that Catholics find opportunities throughout the Lenten season to complement their fasts with prayer, reception of the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist, and positive works of charity.