Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

6. The following pages do not claim to offer a complete teaching on fraternal love, but rather to consider its universal scope, its openness to every man and woman. I offer this social Encyclical as a modest contribution to continued reflection, in the hope that in the face of present-day attempts to eliminate or ignore others, we may prove capable of responding with a new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words. Although I have written it from the Christian convictions that inspire and sustain me, I have sought to make this reflection an invitation to dialogue among all people of good will.

A woman takes a smartphone image of the body of Carlo Acutis in the Church of St. Mary Major in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 9. The Italian teen, who had a great love for the Eucharist, will be beatified Oct. 10 in Assisi. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

Today Carlo Acutis will be beatified. He evangelized with digital content when YouTube and Facebook were in their infancy.

“We are all born original, but many die as photocopies.”

Carlo Acutis

am i allowing others to use youtube and facebook to make me into a photocopied “maga” catholic, or am i seeking “a new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words”?

Brick in Memorial outside St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Canyon, Texas

Today’s Scriptures

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian.

GAL 3:25

R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Look to the LORD in his strength;

seek to serve him constantly.

PS 105:4

“Rather, blessed are those

who hear the word of God and observe it.”

LK 11:28

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