Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Whoever keeps the word of Christ,

the love of God is truly perfected in him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

1 JOHN 2:5




30. In today’s world, the sense of belonging to a single human family is fading, and the dream of working together for justice and peace seems an outdated utopia. What reigns instead is a cool, comfortable and globalized indifference, born of deep disillusionment concealed behind a deceptive illusion: thinking that we are all-powerful, while failing to realize that we are all in the same boat. This illusion, unmindful of the great fraternal values, leads to “a sort of cynicism. For that is the temptation we face if we go down the road of disenchantment and disappointment… Isolation and withdrawal into one’s own interests are never the way to restore hope and bring about renewal. Rather, it is closeness; it is the culture of encounter. Isolation, no; closeness, yes. Culture clash, no; culture of encounter, yes”.[28]

Pope Francis celebrates a memorial Mass in memory of the six cardinals and 163 bishops who died over the last year. The Mass was in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 5, 2020. (CNS photo/Paolo Galosi, pool)
People wade through floodwaters in La Lima, Honduras, Nov. 5, 2020, in rain-heavy remains of Hurricane Eta. (CNS photo/Jorge Cabrera, Reuters)

as a socialist-catholic in fear, my glory is believing “that death is the end of everything”  and “‘seeing some photos of the destruction that has left families with nothing,'” i imprudently set foot decrying that “the sense of belonging to a single human family is fading,” “But Mr. Roosevelt’s (biden’s) a gonna save us all“…

Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, substitute secretary for general affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State, is pictured in Maputo, Mozambique, in this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo. The Holy See press office said Vatican police officers conducted a raid on offices of the general affairs section of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State as well its Financial Information Authority Oct. 1. The Vatican said the raid was authorized by Vatican prosecutors to collect “documents and electronic devices” as part of an investigation into financial transactions. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-RAID-FINANCE Oct. 2, 2019.

as a comfortable-catholic in fear my glory is avoiding “all reputational risks”, therefore i imprudently set foot praying myself into a “cool, comfortable and globalized indifference,”…

Dominican Sister Ann Dominic Mahowald is seen July 28, 2012, the day she made her first profession of vows. After graduating from The Catholic University of America in Washingtonm she was able to pay off her student loans through the generosity of friends, family and strangers, and enter the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn. (CNS photo/courtesy Sister Ann Dominic Mahowald via Catholic Herald)

as a maga-catholic in fear, my glory was in winning the election; consequently i imprudently set foot “‘down the road of disenchantment and disappointment'” forgetting that the election “‘process helps with growing in self-abandonment, because (i) don’t have control'” believing that “even if an explanation is given,…it is always summarily dismissed; and then another false narrative appears“…

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is pictured in Minsk Oct. 21, 2020. Auxiliary Bishop Yury Kasabutsky of Minsk accused Lukashenko of “insult and slander” after the government official charged the church’s exiled Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of seeking to “destroy the country.” (CNS photo/Nikolai Petrov, BelTA handout via Reuters)
John Burns of Nashville, Tenn., is seen in this undated photo. The 94-year-old served in the armed forces during World War II, which came to an official end with the surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. Burns served in the 83rd Infantry Division during the final push into Germany. He was 19 when the war ended. (CNS photo/Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

As a Catholic in LOVE my Glory is in the Lord Jesus Christ because I set foot in the house of the LORD prudently proclaiming, “‘Isolation, no; closeness, yes. Culture clash, no; culture of encounter, yes'”; because there have been tough times before in the United States when, “There was no household in the country that somehow was not involved” while opposing “repression and persecution, human rights abuses, humiliation, and dismissals and expulsions for dissenting views“!!!

Today’s Scriptures

their glory is in their “shame.”

PHIL 3:19

R. (1) Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

And now we have set foot

PS 122:2

“‘are more prudent in dealing with their own generation'”

LK 16:8

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