Bringing Tenderness to the UCA


Friday of the Third Week of Easter

quarreled among themselves, 

Jn 6:52

In recent homilies Bishop Zurek has made it clear that the standard for love and unity in our diocese should be the encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti. Today, let’s reflect on paragraph #194 in that regard.

Chapter 5

A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS

FRUITFULLNESS OVER RESULTS

Karen McGrath, an employee at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md., talks on the phone with a caller on the shrine’s prayer hotline April 6, 2021. (CNS photo/courtesy Devine Partners)

194. The United Catholic Appeal too must make room for a tender love of others. “What is tenderness? It is love that draws near and becomes real. Being “the only ones they talk to; the only ones who say their name,”

A movement that starts from our heart and reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands… Tenderness is the path of choice for the strongest, most courageous men and women”.[191] Amid the daily concerns of diocesan finances, “the smallest, the weakest, the poorest should touch our hearts: for them, “It seems that human lives are not that important …” indeed, they have a ‘right’ to appeal to our heart and soul.

Patients suffering from COVID-19 receive oxygen at a hospital in New Delhi April 15, 2021. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)

They are our brothers and sisters, and as such we must love and care for them”.[192] We must ,“act with courage, work with justice and always tell people the truth, ”.

Youths carrying placards and wearing masks take part in a protest on Earth Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22, 2021. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. (CNS photo/Willy Kurniawan, Reuters)

It is a time of Hope as dry limbs bud leaves and blossoms.

Bishop Patrick J. Zurek

St. Adalbert (Vojtěch) pray for us, that Bishop Zurek brings tenderness to the UCA by unbounding us from the quarrelsome “Quota”, and allows us to “Abound in Hope” as dry limbs bud leaves and blossoms from our “Pledged Amount”.

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