Ordinary 5 – Our political system rewards those who build themselves up and pull others down. But St. Paul and Dr. Nakamura show us a different way. God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others. Give and serve generously this week.
Ordinary 30 – Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land talks about the Deep Story. Is your Deep Story one individualism and self-preservation? Being a Christian means we are part of Creation: inherently connected, known, and valuable.
Ordinary 26 – Politics is not a sporting event between a red team and a blue team. And Jesus does not want to talk about what those other people are doing wrong. Jesus wants to focus on you. A sense of mission helps us see things from God’s perspective.
Jesus wants to remind us: Just hold my hand, and you’ll be safe. It’s just like getting though a haunted house. My family held Jesus’ hand and it brought me to serve as a priest. Holding Jesus’ hand helps you reach out and make a difference. (13 Nov 2016)
If you don’t exercise your right to vote, you lose your right to complain. The key issues are Human Dignity, Subsidiarity, Common Good, and Solidarity. We have to stand up for our values and beliefs not just on election day, but every day. [AUDIO]
We face resistance from within ourselves and all around us. Those who listen to the voice of God find themselves unpopular and unwelcome. Keep your eyes on the coach and you’ll be able to keep running the race. [AUDIO]
Loving our neighbor isn’t complicated, it’s just humanly impossible. Put the first commandment first: Receive God’s love for you, and he will give you the grace to love others. (26 Oct 2014)
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