A Disability-Oriented Reading of Scripture As some of you might know, I have the awesome privilege of preaching in my church from time to time. Today I like to share the audio file on my last preaching opportunity at Newton Covenant Church. I would like to thank my Pastor and friend Dr. Garrett Smith for the opportunity to share the message of the Word of God with the congregation. This is a tough sermon without a doubt. I am asking my listeners to appropriate the message of John 9, and apply it to the life of those families and individuals facing… Continue Reading
I don’t know if you’ve had the opportunity to attend a “Special Olympics” games but for me these events are displays of pure athleticism. Thousands of athletes from all over the world participate in these venues and they are truly “in it to win it”. However, I’ve notice that “winning” has a particular meaning for most of these athletes. “Winning is often characterized by shouts of joy, hugs and lots of dancing whether you come in first or “almost first”. Being able to witness the ability, dedication and camaraderie of individuals often mislabeled as “disabled” is a life changing experience…. Continue Reading
On December 22nd, 2014 in a message to the “Curia”, the highest-ranking governmental body of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis warned his audience against “spiritual diseases”. In his message, the Pontiff use metaphors such “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “existential Schizophrenia” to cautioned ecclesial leaders about the perils of spiritual conformity and lukewarmness. In light of Pope Francis’ exhortation, we welcome the invitation to reevaluate our personal and collective commitment to the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is important to mention that Francis has been a champion for the poor and the destitute. Not too long ago, the Vatican held… Continue Reading
Shadows of autonomy! Aura of perfection! Vestiges of infallibility? These are the concepts that tarnish our priesthood.