TOPEKA — Looking over the crowd assembled in the Kansas Capitol, Donna Schneweis noted “people of all political stripes.”
There were also people of a wide variety of religious backgrounds gathered the afternoon of Feb. 10.
And as emcee for the press conference, Schneweis, chairwoman of the board of directors for the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, introduced each religious leader.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Life was already precarious for Roxy Singleton when she found out she was pregnant.
But then it got worse.
Singleton, 27, was living with a man, who himself lived with his mother and stepfather. Her living situation changed when the man committed a crime and went to jail.
“His mom and stepdad threw me out three days after he went to jail,” said Singleton. “I was close to five months pregnant.”
She ate at church-sponsored food kitchens and stayed at overnight homeless shelters or the homes of friends or kindhearted strangers.
“I worried about where I’d sleep, what I’d eat — those basic things,” she said.
Imagine a new relationship magazine called Loving God.
This one would focus on everyone’s most important relationship, the one with God. Unlike other similar magazines, the problems this one focuses on are all one-sided.
Look at the great commandment from God’s side: He loves us with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. His love is faithful and constant. Jesus asked St. Thérèse of Lisieux to tell us that he longs for our love. Stop and think about that! God passionately loves us. What kind of a return do we give him for his love?
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.