Monday, September 28, 2015
Goal & Path//Charity & Pope Francis
Here's my latest piece at the St. Joseph's College of Maine Theology blog. Yesterday was the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, a fitting saint for Pope Francis' U.S. visit. What days in which we live! So much attention paid to Pope Francis' every move and sentence, and really I bet he himself would tell us to focus ourselves on serving our neighbors. Today's readings at Mass really underlined the importance of charity, too. We need these reminders. Otherwise we become like the rich chided and warned by St. James. At the end of the Gospel today one of my daughters whispered: "That's really creepy. How come they never read that part at school mass?" Especially since the Gospel yesterday also involves Jesus' injunction to receive children, we often overlook the ways in which we attempt to keep the Good News at a child's, not an adult's, level. The call to charity, while certainly involving children, focuses on adults because in its the adult world where charity really gains traction. And challenges us to ever greater charity.