Global SHCJ: Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Can you believe that there is a story in the Bible about a simple housewife who ends up killing the general of an enemy army. This is the story of Jael.

Fr. Mike outlines the background of her nomadic tribe that deals in metals. They try to stay neutral and keep diplomatic relations with the Jews and their enemies. So when Sisera, the General of the enemy of the Jews, stumbles into Jael’s tent, he believes he is safe. The rest of his army has been decimated. 

Jael is faced with a real dilemma. If she protects the General, when the Jews come looking for him and find that she has protected him, they will retaliate. If she doesn’t protect him, he may kill her on the spot. She doesn’t panic. Cleverly she finds an opportunity and ends up killing him.

How does such a story relate to our lives today? Fr. Mike talks about violence, terror, the arms buildup, etc. He asks: Are we ever justified in going to war? This leads to the conditions necessary for a just war as presented by the Church. It is interesting to apply those conditions to modern warfare.

Fr. Mike poses questions for us to ponder at the end of this surprising story. These can be used for a Bible Study Group on God’s Women.

Don’t miss God’s Women – Jael on:

1)  TCT May 18 at 6:30 a.m. PT,
2)  YouTube (Wordnet Productions);
3)  Direc TV 377
4)  Diocesan Networks of Dubuque, Fresno, Rockville Centre, and Yonkers;
5)  Channel 17 Access San Bernardino (Sunday 5 pm PT)
6)  ESNE (Saturday 10:30 am PT) and
7)  Our website ( 24/7. 

There are a number of young women in Africa who promise to give themselves to God in lives of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In the interview, Fr. Mike talks with Sr. Veronica Openibo who entered religious life in Nigeria. She talks about her relationships with people of other cultures and the importance of being kind, loving and generous in community. Sr. Veronica shares her joy and freedom in living this kind of life. She is now the Society Leader of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) with provinces in the America, Europe and Western Africa.

They then turn to discuss Nigeria specifically. Nigeria is a large, wealthy country, but the people are very poor. There is much hunger, crime, poverty, and unemployment. The conversation naturally turns to the Christian-Muslim conflicts and the political systems in her country. Sr. Veronica has some suggestions of what leaders should do to resolve the conflicts.
"Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are
the morning's yawn!"   Lewis Grizzard​​​​​​​

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