- Jan 18, 2020
Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said ministering by couples to couples is better done by “people who have walked in their shoes.” The cardinal admitted he did not “have a clue” how to answer some of the questions on couples’ difficulties, which his own nieces and nephews had put to him.
After eking out an existence for 10 years after being abandoned by his family at age 6, Kenyan Charles Mully said, “I was completely hopeless. I felt I was rejected by society. I needed something better. But I felt wanting to commit suicide, wanting to take my life away.” But “through a man who invited me to his church, I heard the word of God and through the spirit of God and through the Lord Jesus Christ, it changed completely my life.”
Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other organizations operate an estimated 70,000 buildings, most of which use energy inefficiently, wasting about $1 billion a year. Reducing energy usage by 25 percent in those buildings could save $630 million and 8.7 billion tons of coal.
Inspired by Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Madeleine Hutin — a Frenchwoman later known as Little Sister Magdeleine of Jesus — founded the Little Sisters of Jesus in Algeria in 1939, sharing the lives of mainly Muslim nomads. As the order grew and spread to other countries, the sisters shared the lives of factory workers, Roma, circus and carnival workers, and other communities of poor people.
A 9-year-old girl who lives with a form of cerebral palsy is on her way to realizing her dream of walking and running like other kids thanks to her mother’s efforts to raise enough money to pay for a surgery in St. Louis.