A few weeks ago in this column, I mentioned that Pope Francis is addressing the Social Teachings of our Church at his weekly audiences at the Vatican. My friend Larry receives my weekly column and lives in Ann Arbor expressed his appreciation for the column. He responded with these thoughts about what he believes the Pope should add to his list of things he should do. What do you think?
First, utmost and probably hardest: educate folks across the world that lying, stealing and cheating are not ways to win and advance. They are simply wrong.
Second, educate folks about prayer and its healing power for the negatives that occur and enter your head especially with us facing a mystery virus that cannot ever be seen nor dealt with properly until we listen to scientific and medical counsel and follow the paths they create.
Third, build up people in all walks and phases of life by demonstrating the right and true ways to deal with issues of the world and its people. Give more than a wink and a promise to fix the belittling of folks with different ideas and positions. Cherish and build wisdom and create grace and honor by behaving in the right and proper ways that entrust and love others.
Larry reminded me that he believes this feeds right into what I conclude all my emails: Let us pray for peace and take action to end terrorism in our world!
As you prepare to vote here are is a couple reflections on Catholic Social Teaching and voting.
First, Option for the Poor and the Vulnerable - “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you…” (Matt 25:31). Scripture reminds us that some people’s needs are so urgent and so great that their needs come first. Therefore, while everyone is important, those whose voice in our society is ignored, those whose human rights are violated, those whose dignity is not recognized, must take our first priority. When we enter into the lives and the struggles of the poor and vulnerable, we experience Jesus’ presence in a real and powerful way.
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. The Church does not pit one social group against another but instead follows the example of Jesus, who identified with the poor and vulnerable. Giving priority concern to the poor and vulnerable strengthens the health of the whole society. The human life and dignity of the poor are most at risk.
Second reflection on Life & Dignity of the Human Person - The Church teaches that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Because of this fact, every human life is sacred. Every life is worth living. There is nothing anyone can do to take this dignity away. All of our Catholic social teaching flows from this principle. People are more important than things
As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights and leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.
Thank you for your many kind acts of support and encouragement.
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!