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On this day: St. Irenaeus

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On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Irenaeus, a Bishop and Father of the Church, a Greek, who was born in Asia Minor, c. 125, and who died in Lyons, c. 202. He was educated by St. Polycarp and Justin Martyr.

Click here for the Mass, and here for the Liturgy of the Hours. One of the Readings is taken from St. Irenaeus' treatise, Against Heresies. Click here for all five books of the treatise, which put an end to the influence of Gnosticism.

Invitation to Chicago readers

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Here's an invitation to readers in the Chicago area interested the immigration issue.

ACTION ALERT
 
Join Arise Chicago and partner organizations of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for 2 critical actions this week.
 
1. ICE Director John Morton, the man responsible for the highest deportation rate in American history, is coming to Chicago this Tuesday.  He agreed to meet with advocates but has refused to meet with working families directly affected by deportation. Join us for an action outside his meeting.
  
Where: 101 W. Congress
When: Tuesday, June 28th 11:45am-1:00pm
 
2. Unity Rally for working immigrant families.  
Join Arise Chicago, ICIRR, partner organizations, Congressman Gutierrez, Alderman Danny Solis and 30 Elected Officials to demand that the President: STOP Deporting DREAM students, STOP the separation of families, and REFORM Secure Communities.
 
Where: Teamster Hall @ Ashland & VanBuren
When: Thursday, June 30th 5:30-7:30pm
 

Thoughts on blogging

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I'm finding this small blogging gig to be humbling and inspiring. I said last week that I hesitated to write suggesting questions the Right to Life Convention could ask potential presidential nominees. I didn't want the nasty responses I was guessing would come.

Don't hesitate, a dear reader wrote. Looking in from the outside, we also want your "wealthy nation to choose life" and we also "just don't see it happening." As I say, I was humbled and inspired.

The disparity of wealth and the '70s

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The recent discouraging news on the economy, especially with respect to unemployment, has once again fueled the debate as to the causes of this very slow so-called recovery.

But few focus on the key issue of the declining incomes and purchasing power of middle-class and working-class Americans. Since the 1970s, these vital classes have seen their incomes decline. As their incomes decline, they have to resort to having dual spousal incomes, buying on credit and overusing their credit cards, and using their mortgages as borrowing machines.

However, these strategies are less viable during this Great Recession.

New religious order of women starting in Boston

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From the Boston Globe:

It was May 2001 when Sister Olga Yaqob arrived in Boston. She had graduated top of the class in seminary in her native Iraq and was offered a scholarship to study ministry and spirituality at Boston College. First, she had to learn how to speak English. She studied for two years in an intensive program at Boston University.

“I cried a lot,’’ said Yaqob. “I never thought I’d learn this language.’’

As an Assyrian Christian nun, Yaqob always wore an ankle-length habit with a veil. In the months following Sept. 11, 2001, people often mistook her for a Muslim, with her olive skin and covered head. She was detained at airports, and when she sat down next to people on the T, they’d change seats.

But she got her master’s degree from BC, converted to Catholicism, worked as a campus minister at BU and was promoted to university chaplain. Her most recent accomplishment had not been achieved in the Archdiocese of Boston since World War II: she founded a religious order of sisters.

On this day: Requiem for a Heavyweight

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On this day, 75 years ago, a Solemn Requiem Mass was sung at Westminster Cathedral for the repose of the soul of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Visits to Lourdes and Lisieux earlier that spring had not helped, and on June 14, 1936, G. K. Chesterton died.

"The then Parish Priest, Monsignor Smith, gave him the last Sacraments and as he lay dying in Top Meadow, Grove Road. Fr Vincent McNabb, O.P., kissed the pen with which he had written so many noble words and sang the Salve Regina, as is the custom in the Dominican Order."

-- "Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)", Church of St. Teresa, Beaconsfield.

Morning Briefing

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Malta Burgers - \"giving homeless men a second chance\"

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From News Channel 15, Fort Wayne, Ind.:

From the outside it may just look like another burger joint trying to make it in Huntington, but inside, it’s much more. Malta Burgers opened for business Wednesday. It’s a fast food restaurant aimed at giving homeless men a second chance.

Only one paid employee works at the restaurant. The rest of the men live in the Malta House, a not-for-profit men’s shelter in Huntington.

10 men currently live in the Malta House. They sign up for a year-long discipleship program with the faith-based organization, working six days a week in a thrift store, handyman program, or the new restaurant. The entire profit for Malta Burgers goes right back in to the organization’s ministry. It receives no government funding.

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