Saturday, March 31, 2012



It is also called Holy Week.

It is the holiest week of the Christian calendar.

Believers hold fast to the truth of Jesus the Christ rising from the dead.

For Catholics, for example, palm branches, or, pussy willows, will awaken participants at Mass Sunday, April 1st, to the reality of the passion of the Christ, and, his ordeal recalled this week.

At St. Sylvester Catholic Church at 8:30 am in Warren, Michigan, for example, I will lead a procession with palm branches. They recall how people welcome Jesus as king and a few days later, they killed him. Crucifixion was common practice for those rendered to be trouble by the state. Jesus was that, according to authorities.

This God man rose from the dead, however. Jesus defied his murderers. Faith triumphed.

Feel the feeling this week: Mad, sad, glad or scared, or some variation of these feelings.

Jesus must have felt them all.

There was abandonment by his disciples, rejection by the rulers, fear of what was to come, sadness, and much more.

Christians move from what was called Spy Wednesday to Jesus' last supper with his intimate twelve apostles where Judas defects and betrays him, for example.

Finally, Good Friday is marked with Jesus carrying his cross to Calvary. All the way, he is mocked and scourged. One Simon help him carry his heavy cross.

Easter follows, however.

Death does not have the final word.

Life does.

Easter, a week later.

Monday, March 26, 2012

'White Supremacy' is cause of Detroit problems, minister says

Detroit's problems are caused by "white supremacy," according to Malik Shabazz, a community organizer and minister who addressed Detroiters and suburbanites Sunday in the Beth Shalom Congregation in Oak Park, MI.

"Give the money back that the State owes Detroit from Gov. Engler's leadership," said Shabazz, a leader of the Marcus Garvey Movement who has engaged non-violence to fight for equal rights and social justice for over 27 years.

Moving forward with courage and trust was the theme of the event sponsored by the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network, led by Rabbi Dorit Edut of Hungtington Woods with ties to the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.

Friday, March 23, 2012

'Timtation' Tebow

Too good to be true.

That's what some are saying.

And, in New York, where the iconic, former Denver Brocos' quarterback, now heads to play professional football, some are even suggesting that he should stay away.

New York may not be toxic for him as he rises about the fray, and welcomes his Jets' teammates.


There's something about humans, like Tebow, that repells some.

Is it virtue, or, other strengths, like being chaste until he marries, or his fearlessness in wearing the Bible letters: Jn. 3:16, or genuflecting in prayer before, during and after a game he wins or loses?

What is it about such fresh good news?

I welcome it.

Not sure Bronco, will, his dog, will be renamed, however.

Monday, March 19, 2012

John 3:16

This verse seems to appear everywhere.

It's spotted at sports events, on placards, even on Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." Jn. 3:16

There's hope here.

Over and over again, God lifts me up with another chance at life.

What a Creator we have who invites me to be better daily.

Good news is something to relish.

I will always savor John 3:16.

The Sudan and Cuba

Who will stand in solidarity for the people engaged and embattled in the Sudan?

Voices seem quiet, and, I wonder why.

As the U.S. is war weary, diplomacy must be tried to end the horror of this civil war where countless human lives are slaughtered by the minute.

In Cuba, also, people are begging for a voice.

Will the pope stand up with those oppressed, or, will he come and go with little accomplised?

Cuban dissidents hope the pilgrimage will expose the twisted jailors managing the island prison.
Will Benedict meet with human-rights advocates?

The Sudan and Cuba need our united voice.

Who will stand?

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Regular routine is a strength when it comes to physical wellness and faith, for example.

A regular regime of eating well, sleeping, exercising, and connecting with the Creator, will serve one well in life.

Studies prove that people who have a regular shcedule and supportive systems live longer and better.

That's good news.

And, in a world of neglect, such heralding thoughts are wise and worth it today for everyone.

Since one's body appreciates balance, it is vital that a regular routine fills one's day.

Early on in school I learned that breakfast, for example, serves as fuel for the body like gas for one's car. Skimping on good carbs, proteins and good fats can be hazardous to one's health.

Once one forgets the importance of routine, it is easy to fall into bad practices.

Similarly, prayer helps in the mix.

Calming one's self amid the frentic pace these days can quiet stress, and more, for sure.


Were the philosphers right when they advised that everything be done in moderation?

I think so.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Devastation in Dexter, Michigan

As I watched the horror of nature on Dexter, Michigan Thursday, it was like a movie that glued me to the television screen.

One never knows.

Life's fragility splashed in view as homes were leveled, and more.

Yet, no one was harmed, reports tell.

The news media responded with care and caution. Residents were reminded to take cover in the lowest spot in their home.

One just never knows when such natural disasters will bear their ugly head on our towns.

One must be ready.

Michigan was well prepared, thanks be to the media and more.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Detroit Interfaith Worker Justice

Saundra L. Williams is concerned about the high rate of unemployment in Michigan, and elsewhere.

She wants a commitment to the Faith Advocates for Jobs Campaign by you visiting, or calling her at 313 515 2559.

"I call upon you to make a commitment that means you do all you can to assist the unemployed by passing on any information you receive that will assit them to file for unemployment and other state and federal programs, job training and job search.

Focus:HOPE ( has been doing this for decades.

Together we can.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Drum Majors for Justice Raise $2.5 for Focus:HOPE

"My mother just wanted to infect you so you would go on and do that. Just carry on," said Janet Denk, daughter of the late co-founder of Focus:HOPE, Eleanor Josaitis, who died last August.

A sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 supporters Saturday stood in solidarity to raise $2.5 that was generated when furniture magnate Art Van Elslander challenged to match up to a million dollars from participants at the Light for HOPE Eleanor M. Josaitis Tribute Dinner at the Detroit Mariott Renaissance Center.

These drum majors for justice clearly claimed that the Josaitis work would continue to train the jobless, and provide for mothers, infants and seniors, among others in its diverse programs that widen the playing field for all.

Josaitis led Focus:Hope for 43 years with Father William Cunnigham when civil unrest rocked Detroit.

Testimonies of the impact of Focus:HOPE on recipients were repeatedly told as Yemi Kinni-Olusanyin, a graduate said:

"I came to know Focus:HOPE when I was at the crossroads of my life."

The event was led by 19 of Josaitis' girlfriends, including Beth Chappell, Anne Mervenne, and Debbie Dingell, among others, who also steered 35 businesses, schools, organizations and churches to deliver food, school supplies, and more, to Focus:HOPE last Saturday.

And, this Saturday, this drum major's work for justice moves on with the pledge of 1,000 supporters.

Friday, March 9, 2012

To life

Jews and Christians will gather tonight at 7 pm in Beth Tephilath Moses at 146 South Avenue in Mt. Clemens, MI., to speak up for life and to dine together at 7 pm.

A declaration for life will confirm clergy's concern about the rising crimes and abuses of children, among others in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Participants and media will join in speaking up in support of life, especially for children caught in the fray of drive-by shootings, and abuse, and more.

Sunday at Saint Claude Chapel in Clinton Township, MI., on Beaconsfield north of Fourteen Mile Road, a Health Care Fair runs from 12 noon until 1:30 pm in the parish hall, following the 11 am Mass open to the public.

Among those present at the fair will be Dr. Steve Wood, DC, of the Pain and Welnness Center on Harper, north of Fifteen Mile Road in Clinton Twp., a massage therapist, nutrition and vitamin specialist, heart health helpers, and much more.

All are welcome to the free event.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pastoral care, parishes, pastors

It seems that whenver the topic of personnel at parishes emerges, concern about pastoral care is the top priority.

People seem upset, let along angry about the many closures, clustering and merging of parishes due to a shortage of clergy, among other cited reasons.

Any other organization with such a major problem of lack of personnel would have addressed this decade-old problem.

Why is there such a lack of imagination?

Are American bishops addressing this issue with the Vatican?

Some people indicate that perhaps the church must die in order for it to rise again in some viable form.

For centuries, issues have been resolved.

Why not now?

Where is the leadership to make the church thrive again as it has in the past?

Who will help stop a venerable church from imploding?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

When an aunt dies

Aunt Theresa Palinski was a favorite aunt of mine.

Her death March 1st didn't sink in until yesterday as memories flooded my mind and heart.

Early in her teens, Theresa came to Detroit from Cheboygan, Michigan to work for Parke Davis until she retired.

She resided with the late Uncle Wally, her husband and two children, Nancy and the late Richard, on Sherwood Street.

Uncle Wally was also a gem. He welcomed my classmates and me to their home often while we attended St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake. He loved to engagein Polish with my classmates who were studied to be priests also.

Aunt Theresa prayed the rosary in Polish until her death. And, tomorrow at Wasik Funeral Home on 13 Mile Road, west of Hoover, in Warren, MI., her pastor, Father Bill Krol and I will say a decades or two in Polish.

Aunt Theresa was Nancy's priority until the end of the final breath at the hospital. Since 1996, her mother needed more attention as she struggled with liver problems and more.

Resilience describes Aunt Theresa best.

She'd bounce back often from grave illness.

A farmer, she knew how to work well.

"She's the best mom in the world," Nancy said, as we talk on the phone earlier.

She was.

Her memory lives on well in me, and, so many others.

She will be buried next to her husband and son at Mt. Olivet Cemetary in Detroit after her funeral at St. Louis the King at 11 am Monday.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Violence Against Children

Clergy need to speak up against the abuse and violence that children, among others, are subjected to daily in the metropolitan Detroit area.

The outrage we all should feel needs a united voice from clergy of all faith traditions.

Is the quiet among clergy regarding violence upsetting?

Where are the leaders?

If life is not supported within and outside the womb today, what matters then to most?

When children are killing children with AK 47s, among other weapons, someting is very wrong with this nation?

When a nine-month-old baby is a victim of a drive-by shooting, where is the rage?

I call for clergy to stand together and speak up now.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Little Black Book for Lent

A popular book that is based on the writings of Bishop Ken Untener, and, organized by Catherine Haven, is available from

Little Books of the Diocese of Saginaw, Inc.
P.O. Box 6009
Saginaw, MI 48608
(989) 797 6606

For example, tomorrow's entry with Scripture of Mark's Gospel, chapter 1:14, reminds the reader that March 2nd is the tenth day of Lent.

"Voluntary fasting from foood creates in us a greater openness to God's Spirit and deepens our compassion for those who are forced to go without food," the United States Catholic Bishops are quoted.

Six minutes a day is prescribed with some quiet time with the Lord each day.

My own trek thorugh Lent seems enriched with the reflections of this revered leader, Kenneth Untener, who grew up in Detroit before he was named a bishop of Saginaw, MI.