Catholics@Work
“We cannot wait for the storm to pass over - we must learn to dance in the rain.”

Catholics At Work is dark for the summer. 

 Our Fall Speaker Series will resume September 12, 2017. 

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on our exciting 2017/2018 Speaker Series. 

Below are highlights of a couple of fantastic speakers from the 2016/17 season.

Below is an article published in the May 8th, 2017 Catholic Voice featuring our April speaker Jack Sacco, who captivated the early-morning audience of over 100 guests in attendance.  Sacco's scientific and inspirational presentation to Catholics At Work during Holy Week, gave an even greater meaning to "Jesus Is Risen" in a spectacular and profound way ~ where faith and science meet.   

 

Here is an excerpt of the 2018 release of The Shroud of Christ   Watch here:  https://youtu.be/hJXJRKAkgd0

Above, People can see a replica of the Shroud of Turin, displayed on a wall at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland. Check its website — stmargmaryoak.org — for Mass times and other events. Left, Jack Sacco makes the case the Shroud of Turin is genuine.

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Shroud of Turin — touching the moment of the Resurrection


By Al Donner  Special to The Catholic Voice


Examining a mass of data and employing advanced scientific technique, engineer Jack Sacco makes a powerful case that the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth enveloping the dead body of Jesus in his tomb, is genuine.

"The Shroud passed through the body of Jesus as he rose," Sacco explained, speaking to the April Catholics at Work breakfast in Danville. Sacco concluded that in the Shroud, "We are physically touching the moment of the Resurrection — Jesus is risen!"

While belief is the shroud is not a matter of Catholic doctrine, it is a powerful element of spiritual growth for many. The shroud, owned by the Church, is protected in the Turin cathedral and periodically brought out for public viewing.

Popes Francis, Benedict and St. John Paul II have venerated the shroud since it was given to the Church in 1983. When St. John Paul II venerated the shroud in 1998, he urged open-minded research into the technical questions about it.

Sacco's work reflects the full range of scientific research, and helps to strengthen the shroud's significance.

For Sacco the shroud has become a powerful story of science reinforcing faith. An engineer who graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Sacco became a media producer, including a stint with Mother Angelica's EWTN.

Sacco began to look at the shroud as a skeptic, hearing accusations it is a medieval fake. But his mother urged him to examine all the information, claims and counterclaims about the shroud. He concludes: "In 20 years of in-depth analysis, I never found one shred of evidence that it is fake."

His research is being assembled into a movie, "The Shroud of Turin," due for release in 2018.

The shroud has been both defended and attacked from many quarters, including people who are skeptical about all religious beliefs.

One frequently cited claim is that carbon dating of a fragment in 1988 shows that the shroud was made in the Middle Ages. But a 2005 analysis found that the previous carbon dating came from a corner thread likely part of a patch done in the Middle Ages. Sacco dissected several other instances of flawed research that are highlighted by sceptics.

Among confirming details is pollen embedded in the cloth from plants in the area of Jerusalem and calcium traced to a quarry near Jerusalem. Three tests of fragments in 2013 show the shroud to have been made between 300 BC to 400 AD.

Today, as science develops finer tools to analyze materials and energy, the shroud reveals remarkable details of the body of Jesus as he lay in the tomb.

The shroud is a large piece of linen cloth with some cotton, 14 feet 3 inches long by 3 feet 7 inches wide (8 cubits by 2 cubits). Following traditions of the times, the body, already rigid after death, was laid on the lower half of the shroud then the other half was folded over the top of the body. The image of Christ appears faint. But when film photographs are taken the resulting negatives clearly show the powerful image of the crucified Christ as he was laid to rest.

Essentially the shroud acted as a photographic negative, Sacco explained, capturing the image of Jesus' body as it rose from death directly through the shroud. "The Resurrection caused the change in the cloth," Sacco explained. "The cloth fell down through the body as it rose."

For those who see that image and hear the science explained, the shroud becomes powerful testimony to the Resurrection of Jesus after his death on the Cross.

 

http://www.catholicvoiceoakland.org/2017/05-08/inthisissue5.htm

Alan Sears - Our May 2017 Speaker

Alan Sears, Serving God and Protecting His People

The 2017 William Wilberforce Award

Courage and perseverance in the face of injustice. These are the marks of those who receive the Colson Center’s William Wilberforce Award, and this year’s award winner, too.


In 1987, Chuck Colson established the William Wilberforce Award to recognize individuals who vividly exemplify the passions and principles of the British 18th-century abolitionist and statesman, William Wilberforce; men and women who show perseverance and selflessness in combatting injustice and making positive change in the values and character of society.

Past winners include Canon Andrew White, who ministered for years to Christians in Iraq, Congressman Frank Wolf, the indefatigable defender of human rights, and Joni Eareckson Tada for her work on behalf of people with disabilities.

And on Saturday, at our annual William Wilberforce Weekend, the Board of Directors of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview bestowed the 2017 Wilberforce Award on Alan Sears, the Founder of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

I for one am thrilled. Chuck Colson so admired Alan Sears and the work of ADF. And why not? Over the past 23 years, Sears and ADF have built a comprehensive legal strategy of training, funding, and advocacy to defend religious freedom, especially for those who are most at risk of losing it—from medical professionals to artists and bakers and scientists, from hospitals and pro-life pregnancy centers to Christian schools and colleges.

And the results speak for themselves: ADF has contributed to 49 victories at the U. S. Supreme Court and the training of more than 1,900 lawyers in 45 countries. These attorneys have provided more than $200 million in pro-bono/dedicated time to pro-life, religious liberty and related causes.

With his educational and legal pedigree (from Stanford to Harvard to the Justice Department), Sears certainly had many and more lucrative options than starting a non-profit organization to defend religious freedom.

But Sears had a higher calling than legal stardom: “To serve God and protect his people.”

Alan Sears’s tenacity mirrors that of William Wilberforce. For more than two decades, Wilberforce faced bitter and powerful opposition to his work to end the slave trade. But he never gave up.

On this program years ago, Chuck Colson remembered the story of a tired Wilberforce, sitting in his chair studying the Bible. An old letter that he had saved “fluttered from between its pages,” from none other than John Wesley.

Wilberforce re-read the letter: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing,” Wesley wrote, “you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing.”

Certainly in defending human life, religious liberty and traditional marriage, Alan Sears has faced the opposition of men and devils—and their radical agendas. Oregon florist Baronelle Stutzman, who refused to participate in a same-sex “wedding,” and the Mennonite business Conestoga Wood Specialties, which refused to obey the HHS contraceptive mandate, are among ADF’s clients. Sears is clear-eyed about what he has been up against: “This agenda,” Sears has said, “is one that believes in taking no prisoners. It’s the opposite of tolerance—it’s about punishing those who disagree. And the target is above all else the faithful to the Scripture and to the word of God.”


Well thank you, Alan Sears, for standing in the gap. We’re so grateful for all you’ve done to serve God and protect His people. It was a privilege to see you receive the award in person.

If you’d like the privilege of seeing next year’s Wilberforce Award winner and participating in our annual Wilberforce Weekend conference with great speakers and teaching, plan now! Special early registration pricing is available at wilberforceweekend.org.