The Irving Effect (T.I.E) Movement Inauguration Night: A Night of Healing

I approached the Cicero Stadium with expectancy, as I walked up the stairs to the event I was impacted by the type of music they were playing. They played Christ filled music and I found myself engorged with the Spirit of God; perhaps because I and my prayer team from church had been praying about the event the entire week and the presence of God heavily lingered within me. I stepped into the gymnasium where many young people finished decorating the altar running down the bleachers in which two huge drawings stood. The drawing on the left depicted Christ Jesus, whereas the drawing on the right depicted Mary. A Cross formed […]

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Hosanna

First of all, happy Easter season! Truly we should be overjoyed. My priest exclaimed we are the only religion that has the leader(founder) alive still. I can testify to this. Not only because Jesus is alive in the Eucharist but also in spirit of people. His spirit is with us and will continue to be. In addition, I have travel to the Holy Land. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre there are the religious guarding this holy site. I got to visit Jesus’ tomb and it certainly was empty. Many people kissed it. It was a moment I will never forget. Jesus has been very personal to me. Not […]

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The Justice Sytem: A Discussion with Pastor Rich Schwoegler

What is Justice? Justice at its core is the ability to fairly judge and/or enforce ruling. In a more profound analysis, justice is to see all people through the eyes of God, thus, enabling us to chastises one another by holding each other accountable of our actions, as God does. This allows us to change things within ourselves that are wrong and that go against God’s nature. Who is Pastor Rich Schwoegler? Pastor Rich Schwoegler served as police officer for 27 years in Milwaukee, WI. Now, he is a Pastor, Chaplain, and one of many critics of our current justice system. His greatest concern is that our system is a […]

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Critical Thinking

In a world so complex, it is important to be able to think critically. This is why we should understand what critical thinking is and why it is relevant. To better understand this phenomena, we interviewed two professionals, each brilliant in their area of expertise. April Bernard, PhD, professor in criminal justice at Chicago State University and Rosario Pesce, PhD, professor in school psychology at Loyola University. What is Critical Thinking? Dr. Bernard and Dr. Pesce agree that critical thinking is the process in which a person improves their quality of thought through analyzing information. It is the artful skill of having a sound mind, self-discipline, and having the ability […]

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HIEROES ORGANIZATION: Walking with Them

If you walked the path that many young, black boys have walked, where would you be? Many young black men walk in the dark streets of Southside Chicago, afraid, fatherless and without a role model to follow. A great sum of them are consumed in street violence and substance abuse. They do not dare dream of a different life, a more peaceful one, full of joy—they do not have the capacity to imagine such a life because they are surrounded by death. Photograph by: Ana Barajas Not far from these young men, however, some not only dream it, but seek opportunities to get out of the ghetto. They probably pray day […]

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