Ministry of Presence: Vignettes of Skid Row and East L. A. Ministry

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Paulist Press, Feb 1, 2003 - Political Science - 84 pages
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This book reminds us of the great challenges priests face daily, and shows us how they find the strength, love, and wisdom to serve in their ministry as true apostles.
 

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Contents

Thank God a Priest
1
Where Are You from Mars?
2
A Mother Loses 14 Children in an Apartment House Fire
3
A Little Higher
4
DriveBy Shooting
5
The Pastoral Advice They Dont Teach in the Seminary
6
Are You Staying at the Mission?
7
Padrecito Please Speak English
8
How Do You Pray about Roaches?
42
This Is Rhonda Shes a Prostitute
43
Hes the Priest of My Children
44
Dont Insult the Mother of God
45
Are You Able to Support Her?
46
Do You Want Me to Throw Him out Dead or Alive?
47
CIA Helps the Church
48
Resurrection Lakers Dominate the League
49

First Spanish Speaking Confession
9
Jesus in Disguise
10
I Wouldnt Give a Bailbond to My Own Grandmother
11
Power in a Name
12
A Nickel if I Forget Your Name
13
Can I Be Catholic?
14
Will You Keep My Shoe Box for Me?
15
Death Sentence from the Mexican Mafia
16
I Could Be the Slasher
17
At Deaths Door
18
When I Get Out of Jail Im Coining Back to Kill You
19
You Wont Find a Place to Stay in the Drawer
20
Hammering away at the Sacred Heart Statue
21
Im No Good God Doesnt Love Me
22
14 Policemen to Arrest One Man
23
Stopping a Fight while Giving Communion
24
37000 in the Bank and Living on the Streets
25
Veterans Administration to the Rescue
26
Homily Help from the Mentally Disturbed
27
Paralyzed Seven Years Giving Witness to Jesus
28
Man Grabs My Throat
29
A Good Price
30
You Never Know How You Influence People
31
Lady in Distress
32
Wall Street Journal on Skid Row
33
A Plank in My Own Eye
34
Juan Sin Miedo John Without Fear
35
Pulled Over by the Police
36
I Want Those Hub Caps Back On
37
Parents Bring Teenager for Exorcism
38
Flying Furniture in the Office
39
Go to the Top
40
Sign for Receptionists on Skid Row
41
Youre a Priest and You Play Like That?
50
Process Theology
51
Bureau of Lost Persons
52
Mary and Joseph in Government Housing
53
John Dont You Ever Get Upset?
54
Stop the Music
55
A Good HardLuck Story
56
No Such Address
57
I Want to Speak to the Young Father John
58
A Good Woman behind Every Man
59
A Rifle under My Bed
60
Cleanest Wall in East L A
61
Contemplating Suicide
62
LAPD Chaplain
63
Garment Factory Ministry
64
Band ManagerCollection of Weapons
65
To the Aid of the Police
66
Boxing Gym in the Old Church
67
Principles to Live by on Skid Row
68
Public School in Gods House
69
Nude Woman in Church
70
Christmas on Skid Row
71
Do You Like Chili?
72
Reading Japanese Upside Down
74
A Few Words Can Go a Long Way
75
The Fathers Testimony Is Totally Irrelevant
76
Cleaning the Graffiti
77
April 1963 Reflection On Retreat Preparing for Priesthood
79
In the Midst of Ministry on Skid Row
80
December 1983 Poem
81
Looking Back Now as a Bishop on Ministry in East LA and Skid Row
82
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