?Pope Francis has published a new thoughtful document - a letter addressed to all faithful and even to all men and women of good faith - on human fraternity. We asked one of his close collaborators, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ, to tell us about the meaning of this major document".
"What is especially striking about Vatican II was Pope John’s “cordial invitation to the faithful of the separated communities to participate with us in this quest for unity and grace” (p 161), who were urged to send observers. During the council, between fifty and a hundred observers were present f
"Paul is reminding the Philippians to live out the selfless attitude that should arise as a normal response to being rooted and grounded in Christ."
" . . .the reality is that I always have a choice about how I respond to all that happens – the power of the earth, all that happens to my body or a pandemic."
"The Gospel today offers a great example of persistence."
"As Ignatius observes, we were made to praise, reverence, and serve God. No wonder then that our soul feels such delight when it genuinely does so. "
". . . outside of Christ, human beings do not have the power to overcome these evil spirits. This is because at a deep level, we cannot change our most profound desires.."
"Others would love nothing more than the adoring public constantly saying good things about them, always generating a high rating in polls. There are those who would love to have statues erected and paintings hung with their likeness, and a plaque that says wonderful things about them."
"It goes to show that no matter how far our culture has gone, or what the world invents, it will never find a solution for the incurable wound inside each one of us. We are made for God."
"We must all struggle to sever those attachments in our lives which render us slaves. "
"Careful listening and paying attention require energy and commitment from us. We know that kind of increased attentiveness as a form of prayer"