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Frightened by North Korea’s Torrent of Warlike Words Against the United States?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Get first-hand insight into these dramatic threats on JustLove.

Listen as Catholic Charities Executive Director and Radio Host Msgr. Kevin Sullivan interviews  Hannah Song, President and CEO of Liberty in North Korea, a grassroots organization that rescues and helps North Korean refugees reach freedom while working to end the crises.

North Korea, Ms. Song tells Msgr. Sullivan, “is the most reclusive, oppressive nation in the world…people don’t know what a cell phone or the Internet is.”

Tune in now to hear the interview JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

“The reality,” Ms. Song says, “is we can’t predict what’s going to happen in North Korea nor can any other expert or academic.”

Pope Francis: A Home Run for Catholic Charities.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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By Alice Kenny

On the eve of Pope Francis’ inauguration, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan went live in a special radio broadcast of JustLove taking in listener calls from across the nation as he reflected on what the election of Pope Francis means for Catholics around the world.

“The election of Pope Francis has focused on the vitality of the Church when we focus on the basics of our faith.” Msgr. Sullivan said. “There is no better time than Holy Week when we celebrate the center of the Catholic faith: death and resurrection of Jesus. We begin these holy days with the example of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. ”

From New York to Alabama and spots in between, callers, young and old, phoned to register their excitement about Pope Francis and, in particular, his emphasis on serving those in need.

“I’m thrilled that Pope Francis is focused on service to the poor and to outreach to all people,” said Steve, a caller from New Jersey.

Catholic Charities Director of Peace and Justice Tom Dobbins, who co-hosted the show, agreed.

“When he came out saying he wants us to be a church of the poor for the poor,” Tom said, “wow – as someone who works for Catholic Charities – that was a home run.”

Listen to their conversation on JustLove  on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

Drone warfare: Is this a road we want to go down?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Karen J. Greenberg, a published author and Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, dissects controversial legal theories behind drone warfare on JustLove, the Catholic Channel, aired on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Part of the Obama administration’s campaign against terror, drone warfare is a targeted killing program that relies on unmanned aircraft operated by remote control from a network of secret bases around the world.

Efficiency – the ability to save American lives by not putting troops in harms’ way and, in theory, reducing civilian casualties – are positive aspects of this relatively new military method, Ms. Greenberg says.

But drones’ ability to create “a reign of terror,” to heighten anti-Americanism and to promote the probable use of predator drones by other countries on American targets, she adds, makes us question “is this a road we want to go down?”

Listen to her conversation with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York, broadcasted on March 2, 2013 on  JustLove, The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

JustLove, aired weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST, features conversations about the church in the world to promote a more just and compassionate society.

Harlem Mother Fights Back After Losing Two Sons to Gun Violence

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

February is the toughest month, Jackie Rowe-Adams tells Msgr. Kevin Sullivan during their conversation aired on JustLove on February 23.  Her two sons were shot dead in Harlem, one 15 years ago, one 30 years ago and both in February.  They died for no good reason, just crazy gun violence.

“Who’s giving our kids all these guns?” she asks.  “We have to take charge, take back our kids, take back our community.”

To fight back, Ms.  Rowe-Adams co-founded Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (Stop Another Violent Act) in 2006.

The group meets regularly at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Community Center in Harlem.

Ms. Rowe-Adams confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre at the group’s convention in April, she told Msgr. Sullivan, and heard back from him this month after the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting.

Listen to JustLove, the Catholic Channel, to learn more about how Harlem mothers are fighting gun violence and the support they receive from Catholic Charities.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Check Out How Movies’ Moral Messages Increased Their Oscar Odds for the 85th Academy Awards

Monday, February 25th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Can movies’ moral messages increase their Oscar odds?  They did last night during the 85th Academy Awards.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and. Fr. Michael Tueth, S.J., associate professor of communication and media at Fordham University, focused on movies’ moral messages to place their bets on which films would win the Academy Awards when they spoke on JustLove, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, aired Saturday, February 23, the night before the awards were announced.

Last night, many of their bets paid off.

Msgr. Sullivan correctly chose Jennifer Lawrence, the emotionally unstable widow featured in Silver Linings Playbook, as Best Actress in a Leading Role.

“It’s just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication,” Jennifer Lawrence said when she accepted the trophy. “But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it’s such a stigma behind it.”

“That was a movie that had a lot of morality in it,” Msgr. Sullivan said, “ a sense of both personal responsibility and mutual solidarity.”

Meanwhile, Fr. Tueth predicted that Lincoln would win as Best Picture.  Although his backup bet – Argo – came in first, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor in a Leading Role in Lincoln.

“He’s thoughtful; he’s intelligent and he’s compassionate,” Fr. Tueth said.

Listen to their conversation on JustLove,  the Catholic Channel.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Struggling to find meaning after the Sandy Hook school shooting?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

It’s been less than a month since 27 people, including 20 children and six school employees, were shot dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School and the close-knit Newtown,  Fairfield County community is still struggling to find meaning in this almost unspeakable tragedy.

Listen to JustLove, the Catholic Channel, as Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities in Fairfield provides his personal account of the “tremendous spiritual hunger” he witnessed in this overwhelmingly Catholic Connecticut town and learn about support provided by Catholic Charities, the Church and the community.

“You pray and keep going and know that the good Lord is there,” he said. “He’s not casting us overboard and saying good luck with this one. He’s there every day and brings different challenges”

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Providing Help and Creating Hope One House at a Time

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Damaged homes by Hurricane Sandy on Patterson Avenue Staten Island NYBy Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities volunteers Jim and Deborah Deats know firsthand of the destruction Sandy caused throughout New York.

While Deborah’s house is on a hill in Concord and escaped undamaged, when she witnessed the devastation across the island, she knew she had to do something. Immediately after the storm, she traveled by car to friends and families to offer help.

Deborah said she drove around “giving hugs, smiles, anything we could, just to tell these people that we’re here for them—that there is hope, that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Deborah’s father, Jim Deats, was in Florida at the time of the hurricane, but he drove up as soon as he could to offer help to the community on his native Staten Island. Teaming up with his daughter, he started volunteering with Catholic Charities to clean up houses on the island that had nearly been destroyed in the storm.

Working with Catholic Charities’ Staci Bruce and Damian Buzzerio, along with over 100 generous and devoted volunteers, Jim and Deborah have now cleaned up nine houses. After assessing what work needs to be done, Jim provides instructions for the volunteers, making sure everyone has a specific job. In addition to mucking out the houses, Deborah also visits with the residents and offers emotional support.

“One house at a time, one family at a time, we’ll get through it together,”Deborah said.

To hear more on how Catholic Charities volunteers give hope and strength to people who are rebuilding after Sandy, listen to Deborah and Jim Deats’ conversation with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan on JustLove.

Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on JustLove, Sirius XM Channel 129

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on JustLove, the Catholic Charities radio program aired weekly on Sirius XM Channel 129.

He interviewed Sr. Mary Christine Athans, BVM, professor emerita at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, a Marian scholar and a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary who recently authored the upcoming book, In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology and Spirituality.  The last chapter of the book – available in March 2013 — includes reflections in Mary’s own voice, using Hebrew prayers and readings.

Also on this week’s show Tom Price, Senior Communications Manager at Catholic Relief Services, spoke about devastation Hurricane Sandy inflicted outside the tri-state area.

Listen to the show on JustLove.

Chased from their homes by Hurricane Sandy, families find shelter and safety.

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

A father whose home in Midland Beach was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy sat in the main lounge of Mt. Manresa Jesuit Retreat House’s in Staten Island on November 7, the night of the nor’easter, watching out the window as his young daughter laughed and made snowmen with other children.  Just over one week earlier, the dad huddled on his roof with his three young children while storm winds whipped around them and waves lapped their feet.

”I’m so glad she can be out here and all she’s thinking about is snow balls and snow men and going to school tomorrow,” he told the retreat house Executive Director Fred Herron.

Thirty-one families chased from their homes in Midland Beach, Staten Island, one of the neighborhood hardest hit by the super storm, have found shelter and safety at Mt. Manresa, the oldest retreat house for laity in the United States.

“People say to me that ‘I’m not Catholic but I feel special here; I feel safe here,’” Mr. Herron told Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on JustLove, Catholic Charities weekly radio program. Listen to their conversation aired today, November 17, on Sirius XM Channel 129.

The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy and Spiritual Life

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By Richard Bertin

After completing back-to-back tours of Catholic middle and high school, laughter and faith weren’t subjects I ever put together.  But now, as Associate Producer of JustLove, our Catholic Charities weekly radio program on Sirius XM Channel 129.  I had the pleasure on September 14 of hearing Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Comedian Stephen Colbert and host Fr. Jim Martin, Author of “Between Heaven and Mirth” and frequent Just Love radio program guest, dig into the lighter sides of faith at Fordham University’s special event “Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life.”

The purpose of the event was to have an open discussion about the relationship between humor and faith, something many of us do not think about when we talk about Catholicism. And who better to discuss this topic than arguably three of the most comedic Catholics in the media?

At first thought, a Cardinal and a Comedy Central satirist might seem like polar opposites. After all, the nature of satire is to poke fun at serious things like politics and religion. Although Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert come from different walks of life they actually have a lot in common. Both are Catholic public figures with massive followings, and both use jokes and laughter in a way that is endearing to their audience. As the evening rolled along it became clear that Stephen Colbert takes his Catholic faith seriously and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the importance of laughter.

“Are there flaws in the Church?” Colbert asked. “Absolutely, but is there great beauty in the Church? Absolutely,” Colbert said to rousing applause. “I like to make jokes about things I love, and I love my church!”

Cardinal Dolan echoed this in his own open remarks by stressing the importance of being joyful with your faith.

“Why is a crabby believer a contradiction?” the Cardinal asked the crowd. He then explained that although we understand Jesus was crucified, he rose three days later for our sake. “‘He, who laughs last, laughs best,” he continued, “so Good Friday did not have the last word…Easter did! That’s why I can laugh.”

For me, as a young Catholic, it felt great to see so many young faces in the crowd enjoying the panel and taking part by submitting their own questions, both serious and humorous. When one student asked the panel for advice on whether it was a good idea to date while considering entering the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan replied that it was good to date as part of deciding whether the celibate life of a priest is something he could live with.  He also joked that “by the way, let me give you some of the numbers of my nieces.”

Colbert weighed in on the question by telling the student to “Go for it! It actually could be a great pickup line: ‘I’m thinking of becoming a priest, but you could change that!’” Cardinal Dolan and the crowd roared with laughter.

After seeing Cardinal Dolan, Fr. Martin and Colbert share their joy of being Catholics, I left Fordham with a renewed feeling of pride and joy about my own spirituality and was eager to talk about it with a friend over drinks.  After all, as I learned from the panel, it’s healthy to have fun when reflecting on religion. And besides, I thought, “We’re Catholics, not Puritans!”

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