Promote the common good to heal wounds of coronavirus crisis
A virus that does not recognise barriers, borders, or cultural or political distinctions must be faced with a love without barriers, borders or distinctions. The Christian response to the pandemic and resulting socio-economic crisis should be rooted in the love of God, which enables people even to seek the good of their enemies. Health, in addition to being an individual good, is also a public good. A healthy society is one that takes care of everyone’s health.
Economics should not sacrifice human dignity to the idols of finance
The human person must take its rightful place at the heart of our educational, healthcare, social and economic policies. Economics ought to become the expression of a care and concern that does not exclude but seeks to include, that does not demean but seeks to uplift and give life. Having failed to show solidarity in wealth and in the sharing of resources, we have learned to experience solidarity in suffering. Culturally, this time of trial has taught us a number of lessons. It has shown us the greatness of science, but also its limits. It has made us refrain from the superfluous and concentrate on the essential.
Science and faith together can protect environment
The Catholic Church is committed to defending the planet from exploitation. The Bible teaches us that the world was not born of chaos or chance, but of a decision of God who called it, and always calls it, into existence, out of love. Each creature, even the most ephemeral, is the object of the tenderness of the Father, who gives it a place in the world. The Christian can only respect the work that the Father has entrusted to him, like a garden to cultivate, to be protected, and to grow according to its potential.
The faith of the community is united in diversity and solidarity
In the midst of crises and storms, the Lord challenges us and invites us to reawaken and activate this solidarity capable of giving solidity, support and meaning to these hours in which everything seems to be wrecked. A solidarity guided by faith enables us to translate the love of God in our globalised culture, not by building towers or walls—and how many walls are being built today—that divide and then crumble, but by interweaving communities and sustaining processes of growth that are truly human and solid.
Christian charity is not simple philanthropy
Christian charity is not simple philanthropy but, on the one hand, it is looking at others through the eyes of Jesus Himself and, on the other hand, seeing Jesus in the face of the poor. Jesus posed two questions in order to educate the disciples: ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ and ‘Who do you say I am?’ When Jesus posed the second question to them, there appeared to be a moment of silence. It is a matter of understanding who Christ is for us: if He is the center of our life, He is the goal of our commitment in the Church and society and all works of love and care.
Mary’s Assumption was a ‘giant leap for mankind’
Mary’s assumption into Heaven was an infinitely greater achievement than man’s first steps on the moon. When man set foot on the moon, humanity had reached a historic milestone. Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, we celebrate an infinitely greater achievement. Our Lady set foot in Heaven. She went there not only in spirit, but with her body as well, with all of herself. One of us dwells in the flesh in Heaven gives us hope: we understand that we are precious, destined to rise again.
Pope Francis says…
- Science and faith, which propose different approaches to reality, can develop an intense and fruitful dialogue
- Service of the poor should not be limited to material assistance
- Pandemic is ‘a wake-up call’ to care for creation
- Catholics should combat ‘dismal’ economic inequality with hope
- All consecrated people should realize that Jesus must be your ‘first and only love’
- God created us not as objects but as people loved and capable of loving.
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