Monthly Archives: October 2012

Trick or Treat? Definitely a Treat!!


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October 30, 2012 · 5:22 am

Deacon Harold Down Under for the Year of Faith! Full Tour Schedule

Leaving today for Australia. Here is the preview video for my Year of Faith Australian Tour (October 11-23, 2012):

The Tour Dates (click on the event for details):

October 11-12: Perth (National Catholic Conference)

October 13: Perth (Catholic Men’s Retreat)

October 14: Perth (Homily at 5:00pm Mass)

October 15: Perth (Catholic Youth Rally)

October 16: Melbourne

October 17-21: Sydney

October 22: Brisbane

October 23: Sydney

Please pray for me and for all who will attend the events!

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In the World But Not of the World

The Church speaks clearly and unambiguously about the dignity of human life, yet we live in a secular world that exposes us to a variety of ideas that are incompatible with the truth of faith.  “We live in a world where objective moral norms are treated as mere rules and regulations that can be dismissed when they become too demanding: that regard, for example, sexual differences as merely anatomical, biological and functional leading to the acceptance of contraception, pornography, abortion and sex outside of marriage between one man and one woman.  We live in a world that regards incurable illness as an indication that the body and the person have outlived their usefulness, thus promoting [euthanasia and] physician-assisted suicide” (Bishop Samuel Aquila, 2004 Pastoral Letter on Truth, nos. 9, 11, 10).

We are deafened by the raucous discord of the culture of political correctness that will, if left unchallenged by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, erode the spiritual foundation upon which our faith is built, all in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity,” and at the expense of authentic truth and freedom.  We often “reject the principle that we must accept the beauty and truth of what the Church believes and teaches, thinking instead that we can pick and choose what to believe.  Instead of trying to internalize the faith and treat it as the standard for judging the values of the unbelieving culture that surrounds us, we all too often judge which Church teachings to accept on the basis of whether the teaching conforms to the values of the surrounding culture” (Bishop Samuel Aquila, 2004 Pastoral Letter on Truth, no.6).  Jesus did not die so that His truth could be changed by the culture; Jesus gave His life and died so that He could transform the culture with His truth!

Jesus says that if your hand or foot or eye causes you to sin, cut them off: it is better to enter life in the Kingdom of God than go to Hell (see Mark 9:47).  We must cut off and separate ourselves from all sinful acts that weaken the culture of life.  We must never forget that certain Church teachings in the area of faith and morals can never change, regardless of whether or not people accept them or are faithful to them (Bishop Samuel Aquila, 2004 Pastoral Letter on Truth, no.7). We as Christians are in the world but not of the world, and we cannot accept the Jiminy Cricket philosophy of “let your conscience be your guide” that “suggests that we are responsibly following our conscience when we knowingly replace Christ’s teaching with the world’s opinions” (Bishop Samuel Aquila, 2004 Pastoral Letter on Truth, no.21). If we are to free ourselves from the slavery of this culture of death, we must remove ourselves from the darkness and confusion of sin so that the light of God’s life and truth may shine brightly upon us.

©2012 Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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The Incredible Story of Claude Newman

I was recently contacted by the G.K. Chesterton Theatre Company. They produce plays that explore issues of conscience, faith and heroism with a special emphasis on the men and women who stood against the current tide of their time.  We all know that great plays can shape character in positive ways and the G.K. Chesterton Theatre Company feels a special obligation to produce inspiring works based on true stories.

Their latest production tells the incredibly powerful story of  Claude Newman. If you are in the Los Angeles area this is a “can’t miss” event!! The official press release follows:

GK Chesterton Theatre Co.

PO Box 3473

Santa Monica, CA 90408

Phone (310) 462 -5141

Fax (408)370-2915

Press Release

Contact: Angel Duran

Phone: (626) 512-8198


1:05 P.M. PST , September 18, 2012

GK Chesterton Theatre Co. Presents Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row

Santa Monica, CA, September 9, 2012: It is with great anticipation we await the exciting new live stage production from the producers that brought you the popular Southland stage play Viva Cristo Rey! This time playwright Cathal Gallagher ventures into Mississippi in our period piece entitled Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row, under the stage direction of Maria Vargo.

Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row opens September 28 and runs through October 21, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday, at 3pm at the Miles Memorial Playhouse at 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA. This will be the Los Angeles premiere for Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row, but was originally produced with great fanfare for the Quo Vadis Theatre Company in San Jose, CA.


Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row is based on the true story of an African American prisoner and his encounter with a presence so profound he could only describe her as the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. This miraculous encounter helps ignite the spring of living waters within his heart and the hearts of others.

This will be the fifth Los Angeles stage production for the Santa Monica based GK Chesterton Theatre Company. The GK Chesterton Theatre Company continues its mission to share compelling and thought-provoking stories of heroic characters who when faced with great adversity held true to the courage of their convictions.

Tickets are $20 or for groups 5 or more $15. To purchase tickets and or for more information, visit us on the web at or call 310-462-5141.

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