Pope Francis Calls Us to Action
Did you hear or read Pope Francis” Homily at his Installation Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph?
He spoke of Joseph the “protector” and then transitioned to what that means to each of us in today”s world.
We wanted to share with you an excerpt:
“The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God”s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God”s gifts!
“Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care for creation and for our brothers and sisters, the way is opened to destruction and hearts are hardened. Tragically, in every period of history there are ”Herods” who plot death, wreak havoc, and mar the countenance of men and women.
“Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God”s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world! But to be “protectors”, we also have to keep watch over ourselves! Let us not forget that hatred, envy and pride defile our lives! Being protectors, then, also means keeping watch over our emotions, over our hearts, because they are the seat of good and evil intentions: intentions that build up and tear down! We must not be afraid of goodness or even tenderness!”
Our new Holy Father, with the world watching, called us to protect life. Pointing out “in every period of history there are ‘Herods’.” Friend, it is our duty as faithful laity to respond to this call by holding our elected leaders who disregard the sanctity of life, and any of the settled issues of the Church, accountable. That means electing only men and women who will uphold our values and fight to eliminate the practice of abortion, define marriage as between one man and one woman, and defend religious liberty for all Americans.
As we begin Holy Week, we hope you’ll reflect upon why Jesus Christ died for us and how you can fulfill your duty to your fellow man. From all of us here at Catholic Advocate may your family have a blessed Easter.