Reflections for our Times — solidarity

The vocation of human beings - by Oscar Romero

Tags: Church, Compassion, El Salvador, gospel, Homilies, Justice, Politics, Pope Francis, Romero, solidarity

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD IS A PROCLAMATION OF HUMAN TRANSCENDENCE  Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Mark 16:15-20       Dear sisters and brothers, when I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and...

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The fraternal wisdom of our words

Tags: crisis, hope, mercy, reign of god, solidarity

In the midst of a world wracked by fear and hopelessness, our words and actions as Christians are called to bear the burden of being testimonials. As prophetic provocation, they must also bear the message of hope and the possibility of a global future in which people of good will struggle for reconciliation among all cultures and religions of our world. Today, many people desperately bewail like Qohelet: «Vanity of vanities, all is vanity» (Qo 1:2). This is a clamor that as Christians we are called to heed and, amid these cries, to strive for a true, authentic, honest serenity on the...

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Crisis? What crisis?

Tags: crisis, jesus, mercy, new testament, old testament, reign of god, solidarity

In our world the word “crisis” has become a talking point. It refers to the tremendous fiasco of national and European political structures and its terrible social and economic consequences. In Greece, as in so many other places, the state of prosperity is collapsing and millions of people are pushed into poverty. In vain will we search for the term “crisis” in modern translations of the Bible. We would rather have to search for expressions such as “hunger” which, in fact, runs through the experience of the people of God from the times of the patriarch Abraham (who because of famine...

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The Nativity of the Lord

Tags: Christmas, Compassion, jesus, love, mercy, Pagola, solidarity

Christmas is a feast full of nostalgia. Peace is what we sing about, but we do not know how to make it happen. We look for happiness, but it seems ever more difficult to be happy. We buy each other gifts, but what we need is tenderness and affection. We sing to a God who is a child, but in our hearts, faith lies extinguished. Life is not what we would like it to be, but we do not know how to make it better.    Christmas is not the only thing we think about this way. Our whole life...

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Forgiveness as a horizon

Tags: Compassion, forgiveness, jesus, love, mercy, Pope Francis, sin, solidarity

What caused most scandal and hostility towards Jesus during his activity in Galilee was his friendship with sinners. Never had anything like it happened in Israel. No prophet had gone to them with an attitude of respect, friendship and sympathy. What Jesus did was unheard of. The impression that John the Baptist had left was very different. John had denounced sinners. He had reminded them of the punishment that awaited them, and had introduced a major rite of purification and penance to free them from sin. His activity did not scandalize anyone. It was what one expected of a prophet,...

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Believe in Heaven

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, heaven, Historical Jesus, homilies, jesus, pagola, solidarity

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN On this Christian feast of All Saints, I wish to clarify how I understand and try to live some aspects of my faith in eternal life. Whoever knows and follows Jesus Christ will understand me.    For me to believe in heaven is to refuse to accept that the life of all and each one of us is only a small parenthesis between two immense voids. Founded on Jesus, I perceive, sense, desire, and believe that God is leading the desire for life, for justice and for peace built into creation and into the heart of humanity...

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The vocation of Human Transcendence (Oscar Romero, 1979)

Tags: anthropology, homilies, humanity, jesus, justice, martyr, martyrdom, non violence, oscar romero, peace, preaching, Religious experience, romero, social justice, solidarity, Spirituality, transcendence

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and that was his salvation. When he looked upward he could no longer see the heaving ocean, and he did the...

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