24Sep Pope Francis speaks to the Joint Session of the United states Congress

Standing ovations for Francis from Congress but is anyone actually listening?
Are we, the church. listening?
Are Church administrators and curial officials listening?
Caroline Wyatt, BBC religious affairs correspondent, says in a report "Above all, Pope Francis in the US has challenged his audiences to think, and to cast aside ideological divisions in favour of unity and mercy - to reflect on how to help the poor and those without. ....... Then, he left in his small car that makes a big point about the environment, showing that sometimes, actions can speak louder than words."

Francis used the example of four people to highlight his points. "Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God."

Liberty; liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; the rights of persons; the capacity for dialogue and openness to God:
They're as needed in our church as in U.S. society.
It's time for action.

24Sep September 24th. Thursday, Week 25

1st Reading: Haggai 1:1-8

In providing for their own needs, the people neglect to build the temple

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord …




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