Thursday, October 05, 2006

Death Penalty Campaign and Fellowship Dinner

The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

The Catholic Campaign to End the Death Penalty
are pleased to present:

Rev. Carroll Pickett
A Presbyterian Minister who spent 15 years as the Death Row Chaplain. He gave comfort to 95 men before they were put to death by lethal injection. He is author of the book: Within these Walls: Memoirs of a Death house Chaplain.

He is now a very strong opponent of the death penalty and speaks about his observations about capital punishment and the prison society.

Dave Atwood
Founder of the Texas Coalition to abolish the Death Penalty in 1995. Dave works to promote an increased awareness of the injustices in the capital punishment system and to advocate true justice in our criminal justice system. Dave speaks against the death penalty in churches and schools and to civic associations world-wide. He shares his history of activism, working with legislators and the media, as well as his experiences working with death row inmates and their families.

In 2003, Dave addressed the 4th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Roam, Italy. In October, 2004, Dave did a 21 day fast against the death penalty. In November, 2004, he committed civil disobedience at the Walls Unit in Huntsville to protest execution of Anthony Fuentes.

Two Days Only:

St Ann's Catholic Church Hall
Monday, October 16, 2006
710 E. Lucas
Pharr, TX
7:30 PM

St. Joseph Church Hall
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
555 W. Francis
Brownsville, TX
7:00 PM

Also, Please join our vigials in front of the Hidalgo County Courthouse on the days of an execution.

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Anonymous said...

Christians oppose the death penalty. See you at one of these events, and spread the word.

Anonymous said...

Too bad our Bishop and his Vicar General have not been more vocal on encouraging Catholics to support ending the death penalty. That is what their Church teaches...
While we are on the subject of our Bishop, several weeks ago he did his article in the newspaper on the "just" war. I sure would appreciate going through the steps with him on how he decided that the Iraq war is a "just" war. That would be fun.

Ann Cass said...

A friend sent this to me, and it was so good I think it belongs on the blog! It's from the Word Among Us

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Galatians 2:1-2,7-14


Disagreements. Strained relationships. Polarized “camps.” We may think these are mainly characteristic of the church in our day. However, when we look at the life of the apostle Paul, we quickly discover that he was almost always involved in disputes and controversies. He was frequently at odds with some of the very churches that he had founded. He had strong disagreements and even arguments with other apostles, such as Peter and Barnabas. Yet at the same time, Paul was one of the greatest missionaries and builders of churches in the history of Christianity! Despite serious problems in Paul’s relationships with others, God still used him to spread the gospel.

How are we to understand these seeming contradictions? One thing is to note that Paul did not give up when he experienced difficulties in relationships. He knew that developing loving relationships is a very important part of God’s plan for his church, and Paul kept striving toward that goal. Paul also knew that people could get into arguments because they misunderstood aspects of the gospel message and may need to be taught—or re-taught—the truth. Finally, Paul understood that we all take our human weaknesses and sins with us into the church, and that God has called us, despite this reality, to help spread the gospel message.

Paul’s example should encourage us today. More than likely, we have disagreements with other people in our church. We may not understand or agree with every single thing the church teaches. We may even fail in some of our relationships. Yet no matter what our situation is, God can still use us to spread the gospel and to build up his church. Like Paul, we should never give up in our desire to bring people to God and closer to each other. Don’t let difficulties or disagreements paralyze you! Instead, accept the reality of who people are—including yourself—and continue to advance God’s kingdom. Just as he did for Paul, God will help all of us despite our weaknesses.

“Lord, your people are still separated from each other. By your Spirit, make me an instrument of unity, peace, and reconciliation. Teach me to base all of my thoughts and actions on the love of Christ and my call to preach the gospel.”
Psalm 117:1-2; Luke 11:1-4
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