Setting up the Christmas crèche in our homes helps us to relive the history of what took place in Bethlehem. Parents should share this nativity tradition with their children so that one’s childhood memories of the joy and wonder of the nativity will help one to recall the “precious gift” of faith passed down within families. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is His love for us that He became one of us, so that we in turn might become one with Him.
Inclusive capitalism leaves no one behind
An inclusive capitalism that leaves no one behind, that discards none of our brothers or sisters, is a noble aspiration. An economic system that is fair, trustworthy and capable of addressing the most profound challenges facing humanity and our planet is urgently needed. A glance at recent history, in particular the financial crisis of 2008, shows us that a healthy economic system cannot be based on short-term profit at the expense of long-term productive, sustainable and socially responsible development and investment.
We must always build bridges, always reach out
Always ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to build bridges with culture, with those who do not believe or with those who have a creed different from ours. Always build bridges; always reach out, never aggression. Let us ask God for his ability to delicately inculturate the message of faith, placing on those who are in ignorance of Christ, a contemplative gaze, moved by a love that warms even the most hardened hearts.
Disabled people are not in humanity’s minor ‘leagues’
A culture that considers some lives to be ‘League A’ and others ‘League B’” based on their physical or mental abilities are a social sin. We are called to recognize in every person with a disability, even with complex and serious disabilities, a unique contribution to the common good through their original life story. Recognize the dignity of each one, knowing that it does not depend on the functionality of the five senses.
Catholic entrepreneurs must live out Church’s social teaching
Catholic business owners have both a grave responsibility and an opportunity to promote the Church’s social teaching in a difficult atmosphere. The evangelical values that you want to implement in directing your companies, as well as in the many relationships you have in your activities, are the occasion of a genuine and irreplaceable Christian witness. Some of the challenges that come with working in the business world, or with owning a business, are the decisions which impact the survival of one’s company and the support of employees and their families with the payment of a just wage. The Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium et spes gives a criterion for discernment.
The role of laity
Christianity from the beginning was preached by the laity. St Paul speaks of the “‘community that gathers in their house’ which becomes a ‘house of the Church’, a ‘domus ecclesiae’, a place of listening to the Word of God and of celebrating the Eucharist. Among the many collaborators of Paul, Aquila and Priscilla, emerge as ‘models of a married life responsibly committed to the service of the entire Christian community’ and remind us that, thanks to the faith and commitment to the evangelization of so many lay people like them, Christianity has come down to us. The laity, are responsible for your Baptism to carry on the faith.
Pope Francis says…
- Evangelization must start with encountering Jesus
- This is the drama of today: houses full of things, but empty of children.
- The meaning of life is not to accumulate.
- To protect life one must love it
- For God you are always welcome. For Him we are never strangers.
- Choose prayer and charity over consumerism
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