Let us go forth
"Going to the peripheries is the mission of the Church. The peripheries are the place of the poor. And poverty is both spiritual and material — existential and social. And as the saints always remind us, the greatest poverty is not to know God, not to experience His tender mercy, His beautiful plan of love for our lives.
The love of Christ leads us into the peripheries.
Jesus told us that He would be present in the poor — just as He is present in the Eucharist. And Jesus told us that if we love Him, then we will go out and serve Him — in the homeless and the immigrant; in the sick and the suffering; in the child in the womb waiting to be born; in the prisoner hoping for a second chance.
So let us go forth, my brothers and sisters.
¡Siempre adelante! That was St. Junípero Serra’s motto. Always forward!"
—Archbishop José Gomez in his address to the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida, on July 3, 2017
Younger Sisters Prepare to Lead
About 70 younger religious sisters gathered on July 6-7 at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, for the biannual conference of Giving Voice, a network of women religious in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The conference, said Sister Susan Francois, CSJP, “is a place where we can really bond over our love for Jesus, our care for the Gospel, our care for the poor and our own experiences of being a sister as a younger woman.”
God’s love story
There are many people around Jesus who are searching for God; but the prodigal reality is that long before that, God is concerned with our life, which He wants to elevate. He calls us by name, recognizing the individual face of each one of us.
Every human is a story of love that God writes on this earth.
The resurrection of Jesus is not a joy that is given drop by drop but a waterfall that takes over all of life. The Christian existence is not woven with soft joys but with waves that overcome everything.
—Quote from Pope Francis to his General audience on May 17, 2017
All of you, because you are here in this country, have moved out of your comfort zone, and you must continue to do so. People are mingling and encountering each other in numbers and in ways that they never have in all of human history.
Today here in the United States we have priests and religious from all types of backgrounds working with people of all different kinds of backgrounds everywhere. The subject is no longer multiculturalism as much as it is interculturalism — how the groups mutually relate and not how much they are respected each in their own silo.
In the encounter with other cultures, the first step is simply to show respect and give as much dignity as possible to the other group. If any organization can do it, the Catholic Church ought to be able to do it.
—Father Allan Deck, S.J. in his keynote address at the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States on July 27, 2017