“Does this shock you?”Jn 6:61
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 #195 in that regard.
A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS
FRUITFULLNESS OVER RESULTS
195. All this can help us realize that what is important is not constantly achieving the “Quota”, since this is not always possible.
In diocesan finances, we should remember that, “appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be God’s faithful people. We achieve fulfilment when we break down walls and our hearts are filled with faces and names!”
The great goals of our budget and plans may only be achieved in part with the “Pledged Amount”. Yet beyond this, those who love, and who no longer view the United Catholic Appeal merely as a quest for power, “may be sure that none of our acts of love will be lost, nor any of our acts of sincere concern for others.
No single act of love for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted. All of these encircle our diocese like a vital force”.
It is a time to help all our brothers and sisters to blossom as children of God, we do this by serving the spiritual and material needs of each other.Bishop Patrick J. Zurek
St. Fidelis , pray that Bishop Zurek unbounds us from the quest for the “Quota”, and allows us to “Abound in Hope”, helping all our brothers and sisters to blossom as children of God,…by serving the spiritual and material needs of each other from our “Pledged Amount”.