A blessed feast to all our readers! Here are the words of Pope Saint John Paul II on this day, on the eve of the great Jubilee of the year 2000… HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Friday, 6 August 1999
Today, the Eucharist which we are preparing to celebrate takes us in spirit to Mount Tabor together with the Apostles Peter, James and John, to admire in rapture the splendour of the transfigured Lord. In the event of the Transfiguration we contemplate the mysterious encounter between history, which is being built every day, and the
Whither Purity? “Canada is a sick country.” Tucker Carlson on the Yaniv case, July 2019 In a pair of columns in the National Post last month, Rex Murphy lambasted the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal for considering a case now reverberating around the world. Variously identified on the Internet, the case revolves around Jonathan – or, if you will, ‘Jessica’ – Yaniv, an LGBT activist, who has made more than a dozen complaints against multiple cosmeticians for refusing to perform a procedure against their will. The cosmeticians were unwilling to “wax” Yaniv’s still-male genitalia, prompting the 32-year-old to file complaints against all of them
As well as being the feast of the Transfiguration, this day also has the sombre anniversary of the first of two – and so far only, praise God – uses of nuclear weaponry in war: On August 6th, 1945, ‘the bomb’, as it was and has been called, was dropped on Hiroshima, and three days later, another was detonated over Nagasaki, leading to the unconditional surrender of Japan, closing off the Pacific theatre of the Second World War (Germany had been defeated earlier, in April, with Hitler’s suicide). It is not a coincidence that a nuclear weapon was first used on
Education is essential to break the cycle of poverty, but children also need to be healthy to be able to learn. Being affected by vision or hearing loss, chronic pain, or mobility problems can severely affect a child’s ability to learn. Donations to Chalice critical needs is one way our supporters help break the barrier poor health can place on a child in need.
Munich, a 17 year old sponsored teenager from our Tondo site in the Philippines, lives with severe mixed hearing loss in both her ears. She had a typical hearing throughout childhood but around the age of 10 her mother noticed that she was having trouble with her hearing. Munich’s family is quite poor. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the slum and even though it was evident that Munich was in great need of hearing aids to keep up with her school work, a series of unfortunate events befell the family and she didn’t receive the help she needed.
Recognizing that Munich needed hearing aids in order to succeed at school, our site sent in a critical needs request to ask Chalice for help. Thanks to a generous donation of $1,824 CAD, Munich received her hearing aids and can clearly hear her teacher in class and communicate much better with her friends and family. It has greatly improved her quality of life and will make it much easier for her to improve her grades and graduate high school.
Despite her difficulties Munich is a thoughtful teenager who wants to be a chef when she finishes school.
“I feel so very happy. I can now hear clearly because of the hearing device that I am now wearing,” writes Munich in her thank you letter. “I can really hear very clearly now! Since grade three I have difficulty hearing. I am in grade ten now, all these years I couldn’t hear what the teacher was saying in class. At home my mother had to shout loudly for me to hear what she was saying. Thank you for the gift of hearing. I promise to study well in school and improve my grades.”
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