- 5 months ago
- 9 months ago
"The fact remains that a young teenager guilty of no crime was shot dead by a man with a gun, a man who will not face any legal consequences for his actions. While it’s impossible and unwise to boil this case down to race, or law, or prejudice, we should be able to universally agree that any young life lost is always tragic—a reality that far too many in the country face, particularly at the hand of gun violence."
We pray for the millions of families who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence and who have to rebuild their lives because of it. God, give them courage and strength.
- 11 months ago
"Though I only ever received a few citations, all other encounters I had with the police included the officer making sure I left the area. Sometimes they were polite, sometimes they were rude, but always they added, “It’s against the law.” As if I didn’t know. As if I could do something about it. The hardships and insecurity of homelessness couldn’t dampen my spirit as much as the humiliation that my city hated me. They must have hated me, since I was denied shelter and yet forbidden to live without shelter."
In Pittsburgh, according to U.S. Census data 25 percent of households do not have a personal vehicle, and nearly 20 percent of workers use public transit to get to work. I wonder how many churchgoers use transit to get to church?
Thanks to budget deficits, Pittsburgh transit lines are facing a doomsday scenario, potentially losing half of the regions routes.
We like to cut public transit when budgets are tight, but tend not to get concerned about highways and building developments. Unfortunately, it seems the expansion and sprawl of major cities has helped contribute to the break up and dissolution of once Catholic enclaves. When you have to drive to church, are you less likely to go? How far are people willing to drive to church? What if you don’t have access to transportation? I think this is an especially important question for the increasingly Hispanic and new immigrant population of the Catholic church.
- 2 years ago