- Apr 11, 2021
Our sentiment is not a moral equivalent to the Ten Commandments. Simply because we feel something, does not make it right (or wrong).
Subsidiarity teaches us that our autonomy is contingent, and is not absolute. It shows us that we are all a part of an intricate network of interactive relationships, rights, and responsibilities. We are connected to one another.
On this special Sunday, we are all given the exhortation of the Lord Jesus to “go and teach.”
As the consequences of the pandemic play themselves out and an emotional culture of fear and anxiety takes the stage, people are looking for hope. For this very reason, the Lord Jesus gave us his mother as a gift.
Licentiousness and exaggerations of freedom have consistently been found within the interior logic of freedom itself. Freedom, as freedom, has always been uncontrollable and possibly dangerous.
The Lord Jesus highlights the voice of the shepherd. The sheep can trust him and accompany him because they know his voice.
ope Francis is well aware that global institutions such as the UN, the EU, the US government and others are also pondering social and political recovery, though none from the Vatican’s unique perspective. Yet there are also challenges to which only the Vatican really is in a position to respond regarding the spiritual and pastoral fallout of the pandemic.
The coronavirus phenomenon – not the disease, but the social and cultural dynamics surrounding it – has upended normal routines, generating unexpected and, occasionally, surreal new experiences.