On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced to the world that in October of 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization.
As news interest regarding activity in the Middle East has turned away from the conflict between Hamas and Israel with the current focus on covering U.S. involvement in the coalition attempting to thwart the threat of militant Islamic groups in Iraq, an Eagle River pastor continues to remind the members of his church and other community members to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. He also encourages Americans to look behind the mainstream media in an effort to be better educated regarding current events in the Middle East.
“Young lady, everyone has hard times, these just happen to be yours!” I can still hear these words of my father ring in my ears at what was the lowest point in time of my personal life. My husband of 14 years had just left me and our two children for his secretary, I was currently unemployed, the ceiling had fallen in onto our living room after a violent thunder storm and it was six days before my mortgage payment was due. My circumstances were grim, and when I asked my father for financial help this had been his response.