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About Brothers and Sisters of Love

The Mission of Brothers and Sisters of Love is to be a visible sign of Jesus’ Love, Peace, and Presence to the poor in gang-infested neighborhoods in Chicago and to be a bridge between gangs & the poor with the Church. This is done by: 1. Loving everyone 2. Trusting in God 3. Forgiving everyone everything 4. Never being afraid.

How Not to Solve the Gun Problem: Lessons from the Streets

After the shooting in Oregon, an interesting phenomenon has developed in America: We’re getting too tired to talk about gun violence. With each mass shooting, there seems to be less crying in public, less pause and shock, and even less … Continue reading

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Tragedy of Black Men Killed by Police: Another Point of View

When a police officer fires his gun, it is for one purpose to Kill.  Police officers are trained to fire two bullets into a person’s chest and then one in the head.  It does not matter if the victim is … Continue reading

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Christmas 2014

For my thirty years in Chicago two points by theologians have haunted me. First, “The Kingdom of God breaks into our lives when we work, love, and learn from the Poor.” (J. Sobrino paraphrased}.  Second, during the time of Jesus, … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Lent- Gen. 2:7-8, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Mt. 4:1-11

The first reading tells the story of Adam and Eve’s sin also known as Original Sin.  The story is about the human desire to be God.  By eating the fruit, they saw their naked selves.  In their disappointment and embarrassment … Continue reading

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Amos part 3

Amos 6: 1-7 part 3 Woe to the complacent and overconfident who sleep in comfortable beds, eat and drink well, and idly entertain yourselves while ignoring the collapse of the poor and middle class. In part one I wrote about … Continue reading

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Lo the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evil doers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the Lord … Continue reading

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Amos part 2

Woe to the complacent and overconfident who sleep in comfortable beds, eat and drink well, and idly entertain yourselves while ignoring the collapse of the poor and middle class. Two weeks ago I wrote about gangs and their relationship with … Continue reading

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Reflection on Amos 6: 1-7 in light of gangs and the poor.

Woe to the complacent and overconfident who sleep in comfortable beds, eat and drink well, and idly entertain yourselves while ignoring the collapse of the poor and middle class. The complaint sounds like an attack on the average American Church … Continue reading

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Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 The Golden Calf and the Prodigal Son

Last week’s readings tell the stories of the chosen people rejecting their God because they wanted the world to be different than it is, thus creating and believing in a false God. Christians, Jews, and Moslems still do these things … Continue reading

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Genesis 18:20-32; Col. 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

Jesus and Luke tell us in the reading today that God is personal; that we are part of God’s family; and that God wants a relationship with us.  When we pray we are to acknowledge that God is a parent … Continue reading

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