Editor: Pope Francis never fails to impress me with his unusually direct ideas that can be quite surprising, on this particular occasion coming openly from the Bishop of Rome to the officials of his own Curial Office on Dec. 24, 2014. One journalist described this talk as “a lump of coal” for the Curial leaders. But, make no mistake about it, we must also reflect on how these same “diseases” may also be afflicting us and our own lives of service to our own family and the Church at large.
Washington, DC (Zenit.org) - The Pope begins his beautiful message for the Year of Consecrated Life with his characteristic simplicity and humility, in stating that he sends his message not only by virtue of his office as Successor of Peter, but also “as a brother who, like yourselves, is consecrated to God. ”
It is a simple and short opening line, yet already contains the kernel of what he will expand at greater length as he first explains the aims and then the expectations for the year, and most especially where he lastly elucidates the horizons to which this year ought to reach: a strong emphasis on unity and communion amongst all those who are in Consecrated Life, amongst the entire Church in appreciation and support of it, between those Consecrated within the Catholic Church and those in the Orthodox and Reformed Churches, and even with those living a life fully given to God in the other great religions.
Editor: This is the Address of Pope Francis to Assembly of Congregation for Clergy, including bishops. The Pope speaks about the attitudes necessary in the candidate for the priesthood and in those who form them.
Brothers and Sisters, …What I would like to say to you today pivots around three topics… : vocation, formation and evangelization.
Editor: Amy Woolam Echeverria is the International Coordinator of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Missionary Society of St. Columban.
“Justice attains its inner fullness only in love. Because every person is truly a visible image of the invisible God and a sibling of Christ, the Christian finds in every person God himself and God's absolute demand for justice and love.” (Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 1971, #34).
Written at a time of great global social and political upheaval and on the heels of the Second Vatican Council, we hear the Church calling for a radical restructuring of the world where the first will be last and the last will be first (Mat 20:16) and where we define our neighbor not by nationality, race, or creed, but by a love that impels us to be in relationship in the world especially with the vulnerable and marginalized.
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