People hold crosses while standing behind a statue of Christ during a re-enactment of the Crucifixion near Monterrey, Mexico.
I regret that I did not have the advantage of Father Brown’s scholarship and Mother Teresa’s personal witness to fall back on when as a young priest I first met devout Catholics who confided in me that they felt abandoned by God. Tuesday, March 15, 2016
I regret that I did not have the advantage of Father Brown’s scholarship and Mother Teresa’s personal witness to fall back on when as a young priest I first met devout Catholics who confided in me that they felt abandoned by God.
While “Amoris Laetitia” does not contain any change in the Catholic Church’s teaching or discipline regarding marriage and family life, Pope Francis does seek to orient the Church toward a new and invigorated pastoral approach, especially toward those in difficult and wounded situations.
It would be my hope and prayer that we in this local church of the Archdiocese of Portland would never lose sight of what our very existence is really all about, namely the salvation and new life that has been won for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As we celebrate the Paschal Mystery this year (the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ), let us rejoice in the mercy of God for us his wayward children. And may we commit ourselves to celebrate that mercy in a recommitted way in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation by going to confession soon and often.
Christian commitment is a willingness to take our place at the foot of Jesus’ cross. There will be nothing for us to do but to be. We may not be able to alleviate physical pain or mental anguish, but we can look to the community around us — at all those willing to proclaim their faith—and by embracing them, relieve their pain.