Where Did “the few” Go?

Monday of the Second Week of Easter “…you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Jn 3:8 Chapter 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHARITY Effective love 185. CharityContinue reading “Where Did “the few” Go?”

Praying For, But Not Practicing Divine Mercy

Second Sunday of EasterSunday of Divine Mercy “…and whose sins you retain are retained.” Jn 20:23 CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity Effective love 184. Charity is at the heart of every healthy and open society, yet today “it is easily dismissed as irrelevant for interpreting and giving direction toContinue reading “Praying For, But Not Practicing Divine Mercy”

“The Faithful and Loyal Disciples of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish”

Saturday in the Octave of Easter …rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart it… Mk 16:14 CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity Effective love 183. “Social love”[172] makes it possible to advance towards a civilization of love, to which all of us can feel called. Charity, with its impulseContinue reading ““The Faithful and Loyal Disciples of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish””

Political Love #3 and the “Original (Catholic) Fish Fry”

Friday in the Octave of Easter …they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it… Jn 21:9 CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity Political love 182. This political charity is born of a social awareness that transcends every individualistic mindset: “‘Social charity makes us love the common good’, it makesContinue reading “Political Love #3 and the “Original (Catholic) Fish Fry””

Political Love #2

Thursday in the Octave of Easter Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?…” LK 24:38 CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity Political love 181. Every commitment inspired by the Church’s social doctrine is “derived from charity, which according to the teaching of Jesus is the synthesis of theContinue reading “Political Love #2”

Political Love #1

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity Political love 180. Recognizing that all people are our brothers and sisters, and seeking forms of social friendship that include everyone, is not merely utopian. It demands aContinue reading “Political Love #1”

A Tree Too Close

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter “What are we to do,…?” Acts 2:37 from Today’s First Reading CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity The politics we need 179. Global society is suffering from grave structural deficiencies that cannot be resolved by piecemeal solutions or quick fixes. Much needs to change,Continue reading “A Tree Too Close”

The Pettiness of the Diocese of Amarillo

Monday in the Octave of Easter “It is always possible to begin anew, because there is a new life that God can awaken in us in spite of all our failures,” Pope Francis, Easter Vigil CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity The politics we need 178. In the face ofContinue reading “The Pettiness of the Diocese of Amarillo”

We’ve Allowed the UCA to Take Over

Holy Saturday Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICSContinue reading “We’ve Allowed the UCA to Take Over”

MASS WILL BEGIN SHORTLY: NOT!

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion CHAPTER 5 A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS Social and Political Charity 176. For many people today, politics is a distasteful word, often due to the mistakes, corruption and inefficiency of some politicians. There are also attempts to discredit politics, to replace it with economics or to twist it toContinue reading “MASS WILL BEGIN SHORTLY: NOT!”