Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Travesty Unites Us

We're best in tragedy.

We are.


All of the heartache and horror of hurricane Sandy's plunge through the northeast has me grateful for the unity suffering brings.

Leaders are no longer fighting.

Americans are there to help those hurting.

My tears merge with the waters deluging fellow sisters and brothers.

And, I say a prayer for them.

People are getting the job of restoration done amid their own emotions that rock them, I'm sure.

We do what we have to do.

Resilient, rebounding and recovering from fear, fire, floods, and more these day.

Faith calls us to be together.

There for each other.

I'm grateful.

Fitness and Faith

Prayfit is author Jimmy Pena's 28-day plan for wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Faith and fitness are two areas that create one's well-being, according to the exercise guru who has morphed millions into better beings.

Pena has a guidebook, Prayfit, the companion to the serious participant.  It includes menus and exercises to steer that best look one is seeking.

One wonders what works given the plethora of books and ideas out there about wellness.

Tyler Perry, among others, have taken the plunge and commit to this plan.

I'll try it.  And, I'll be back about it!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Holy Matrimony

Raymond and Renia Malinowski are celebrating thier thirty-fifth wedding anniversary November 10th in the Polonia Hall on Yemans in Hamtramck, Michigan.

"We just decided to have a party after being together for thirty-five years through ups and downs," said the couple who met in Poland decades ago through the groom's Uncle Bob of Marshall, Michigan.

A marriage planted in Poland, the couple have two children, Jennifer and Matt.

Ray grew up on Detroit east side near Lynch Road and Van Dyke before going off to Castle Heights Military Academy.

They belong to St. Collette Church near their home in Livonia, MI., although they frequent numerous Polish parishes and organizations in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sacrament of the Sick

Those struggling to walk will come.

The elderly will amble into the church.

All kinds of sick people will be touched with the healing sacrament of the sick tonight in Warren, Michigan.

With Our Lady of Perpetual Help  pastor, Father Fadi Hadid, Mass will be celebrated with the Chaldean community who have invited parishioners of St. Sylvester to join them.

A powerful sacrament for the believer, the anointing of the sick, is a major manifestation of God's loving and healing presence to people of faith.

At 6:30 pm this Ocotber 25th at the church at 11200 Twelve Mile Road in Warren, people will sing, praise, and be healed in an ancient sacrament of laying on of hands and anointing with healing balm of oil.

Some will expect a miracle.

And, they will leave with it tonight.

Monday, October 22, 2012

First Native American Saint Kateri Tekawitha

As the sun rose Sunday there were Native Americans in beaded and color-feathered headdresses and leather-fringed tunics singing songs with the beat of drums.

The "Lily of the Mohawks," Kateri Tekawitha was born in 1956 to a pagan Iroquois father and an Algonquin mother who was Christian. Kateri died in Canada at 24.

80,000 pilgrims in flowered lei and traditional garb gathered in Saint Peter's Square to celebrate seven more saints, including two Americans. 

Both Americans come from upstate New York and lived centuries apart.

Mother Marianne Cope arrived in Hawaii in 1883 to care for leprosy patients on Kalaupapa on Molokai Island.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Go Tigers!

Everyone wants a winner!

And, Detroit has one in its Detroit Tiger baseball team who just swept the American league title.

Ray Malinowski, a boyhood friend, invited me to the title-winning game against New York Thursday night.  His daughter, Jenniffer, and, boyfirend, Joey, couldn't use the tickets Thursday after the rain apparently called the game near 10 pm Wednesday.

42,000 fans packed the place last night.

Everybody was happy, it seemed.

They clapped, stood, and applauded often.

Homeruns by the homtown team assured a sweep of the Yanks.

Detroit needs winners.

As we all get into the spirit of champions we can be champions right where we are at any given moment, for sure.

One more hurdle to take the title.

We can do this.

Champions are like that!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Patrick Cooney

Patrick Cooney always smiled easily.

And, he readily laughed.


He listened long and well hearing the one before him.

A priest for many years, then a bishop in Detroit and Gaylord, Michigan,
he died Monday after a long illness.

When churches in the City were on the chopping block I recall serving on a large committee with him to determine their fate.

That was no easy task.

Years later, and, away from that task, he said, "We won some and lost some."

An attitude of hope heralded for Patrick.

I always appreciated his company, and, willingness to sit and talk here in Detroit or at a visit with him in Gaylord.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


If we all remain civil things will change.

Civility has been reported to be declining.

It doesn't have to be, however.

We all can raise it up once more.  Yes, by doing our part to be polite, courteous, helpful and concerned about others, civility will reign again.

A culture of cruelty is how we're being described for behavior these days.

We can be more.

And, better.

Mean and mean-spiritedness is hardly the way.

The "courtly" way of Francis of Assisi, Italy, and his courtliness is a value worth savoring daily.

For sure.

Practice made it perfect for centuries.

When did its decline begin?

Did it start with "no problem?"

Monday, October 15, 2012

Savoring a Wet Walk

Tim Kane, a local pastor at Madonna and Saint Gregory Church near Oakman and Linwood, rode his bike Sunday, Oct. 14th, in the four-mile fund-raising trek for Focus:HOPE of Detroit.  Kane presided at the funeral of the late co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, who died in 2010 after steering the organization for over a decade when Father William Cunningham died.

Walkers recalled how Eleanor would hand out candy while walkers passed her on the walk.
She was missed, it was clear to many.  Cunningham, a motorcylcle rider was also remembered by many for his passion as a Catholic pastor who made a difference for Detroit. Some even longed for impassioned leaders once more to guide the civil and human rights organization.

Founded in 1968 in  the wake of civil unrest when dozens died, the outreach agency provides training for manufacturing workers, and, distributes food for seniors, mothers and infants.

Despite a rainy and wet Sunday afternoon and less than the anticipated 5,000 walkers, over $400,000 was raised to help serve the community, according to Steve Regan, outreach leader at Focus:HOPE.
A $300,000.00 check was presented to CEO William Jones, Jr., from Plastic Omnium.

A diverse group of metropolitan Detroiters, including children in strollers, young and old, multiple dogs, and more, marched in the four-mile trek to the tunes of the University of Michigan band.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I wonder when one is quiet.

Then I begin to question:  Why is she or he quiet?

Or, I judge them.

To be wise is to be silent it seems.

Silent when unsure. 

One is wise when she or he is is author of her or his own words.

They embrace their actions, their lives.

They own them selves.

For a long time, I depended on books and notes of others.

Then, I looked into my heart.

There I savored what I owned.

It was mine to give, to share.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Progress of Women

Women and men of various faith traditions will gather Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 pm in the Isaac Agree Synagogue, 1457 Griswold, Detroit, 48226.

The progress of women fifty years since the start of the second Vatican Council in October of 1962 will be the topic addressed by Hindu leader, Renu Malhota, Lutheran minister, Diane Van Marter, Baptist minister Joyce Jones, Catholic religious leader, Mary Caroline Jonah, Harei Krishna leader, Antariksha Das, and Jewish rabbi, Dorit Edut.  I will serve as moderator.

All are welcome to this free event. Over 2,500 Catholic bishops, among theologians and observers gathered at the historic conclave when Pope John XXIII called the Council that lifted blame for the death of Jesus on the Jews, and, the ancient Latin Mass was to be recited in the vernacular.

Contact mutzim@aol.com or (248) 556 6316, for more information.

Friday, October 5, 2012


It's that easy.

Yet, that hard.

We make love complex.

Even, disect it.

To keep loving, despite what happens.

To keep giving and forgiving, no matter what.


It's a crazy kind of thing, isn't it?

It's commitment, however, you look at it.

All the rest is commentary.

And, interpretation.

Love You Forever!

That book is a story of eternal loving.


Love you forever. . .

Everything else is commentary.

Has love been tried?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Only Charity

For sure.

On this feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy, I recall how he received a vision, he claims, to "rebuild my church," so, he went about patching, laying bricks, repairing roofs, I imagine, but, the voice repeated:

"Rebuild my church."

Francis got it.  He bagan to rebuild with only love.  God's version,  Not his own.  Or, anyone else's.

While people may condemn you, hate you, betray you or more, only God's love is the order of the day, no? When names come or criticism, or envy, or, any of the capital sins, for example, charity is the way to respond.  Only love.  All the rest is politics that gets us all into trouble and away from our God who is love!

Take, for example, a letter that went out to Jay McNally, a former editor of the diocese's paper, noting that I do interfaith work but in no way speak for the archbishop.


Where that letter originated, I'm unsure. That's OK.  Why, it doesn't matter, does it?

After all, my "cryptic" assignment, as the beloved Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, calls it, was given by the AOD, MI.  He knows Jesus' love, for us to follow, for sure, no?

Even though I wonder why Ned McGrath seems to fear a recent piece that Rabbit Edut and I wrote for The Oakland Press, I still love after the heart of Jesus the Christ.  The lone way, truth, and life!

We all know that.

Maybe a reminder is all we need, as Seneca, the philospher, noted centuries ago. New information is unnecessary.  A reminder of the scriptures and the Life who leads us works best!

God is love!

The rest is politics that I want to steer clear of since love is the recipe the master and Lord gives me.

Practice is what it takes.  Daily.  Now. And, always. 


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pastor Stan Ulman on Vatican II's Historic Start 50 Years Ago

When I asked Stan Ulman about his experince of the ecumenical Vatican Council II, he noted:

"I only wish that I had paid closer attention to the Vatican Council while it was happening.  Being in high school and college at the time, I related to those events academically, but not personally.

It was only later that I realized what a momentous event this was.  It's not every day that your world gets turned upside down.  Liturgy was the most visible thing to change and very often with much opposition or uncritical adaptation. 

But, what was really changing was people's understanding of themselves as Catholics, their understanding of the world, and, the role of faith, relationships with other Chrisitans and non-Christians, the primacy of conscience in moral decisions, and, the servant role of those in charge. 

This was all very confusing and liberating. 

Today, some people are frightened by the implications of Vatican II and are willing to exchange its promise for the surety they think existed before Vatican II.  This pursuit will give them neither."

(The Rev. Stanley Ulman is a pastor at Saint Mary of the Hills Church in Rocheter Hills, MI.).