We wish you all a Happy Fourth of July!
-Fr. Mark and Fr. Karlo and the staff of St. John the Evangelist, St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Mary Star of the Sea Parishes
XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THE VOCATION AND MISSION
OF THE FAMILY
IN THE CHURCH AND
THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
“As a citizen of the United States and a Catholic bishop, I am saddened by the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.
The institution of marriage understood in its human, moral and legal dimensions is a fundamental building block of any society. The protection of marriage and families is a shared responsibility for all of us.
In a pluralistic society we inevitability face disagreements about important political and legal questions. But our division over this question in its moral, political and legal significance is particularly painful.
Certainly every citizen of this land, regardless of their sexual orientation, deserves to be respected in their personal and civic life. But enshrining same sex marriage in our constitutional system of governance has dangers that may become fully evident only over time.
I can only express my disappointment with the decision and invite members of my own religious community to remember and reaffirm the fundamental truths of our faith about marriage. At the same time, faced with a decision that embodies a quite different understanding of the meaning of marriage than held by the Church, we should as citizens and Catholics both protect our own deeply held values and participate with civility and charity in the continuing national discussion about this decision.”
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O God, who by your ineffable mercy,
have been pleased through the labors
of your priest Blessed Junípero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church,
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
-From the Roman Missal
For more information on Bl. Junipero Serra please read a homily delivered by Pope Francis in February at the Pontifical North American College. The homily may be found here.
Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less.\
-2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
…I would encourage all, both Catholics and non-Catholics, to do so before drawing any conclusions from the text. It is a long letter that will take a while to digest and ponder well. One point to lift up though: it is important to note that the Holy Father is calling for “dialogue” and “conversation” around the serious environmental issues that humanity is facing. It is clear that this is a teaching document, not a set of policy proposals. Even if one disagrees with some of the points the Pope raises, the moral case for acting to protect the created world remains. Disagreements over the “why” or “what” questions distract from us the moral case that Pope Francis is making regarding care for God’s creation. We have to do something now before it is too late.
It is also important to realize that Francis is writing to the global Church. We here in the United States will hear this in a different way than someone who lives in South America or Asia or Africa. We who have clean water and air, who are seeing our rivers, lakes, and harbors cleaned after years of abuse and pollution need to be mindful of the world’s poor, who as the Pope clearly points out, are most affected by shifts in global weather patterns and air and water pollution. It would be worthwhile perhaps to read this encyclical through the lens of a poor third-world family who do not have access to clean drinking water or clean urban air or necessary sanitation.
Bishop Christopher Coyne is a native of the Archdiocese of Boston and is currently serving as Bishop of Burlington, Vt. His complete statement on “Laudato Si” may be found here on his website bishopcoyne.org..
Cardinal O’Malley’s statement on “Laudato Si” may be found here.
LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”….
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
From The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si – On Care for our Common Home by Pope Francis. The full text may be found at the Vatican website by clicking here.
Sean Cardinal O’Malley’s commentary on Laudato Si may be found here.
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.
-Luke 1:57-66, 80