Love each other…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MAY 14, 2021  EASTER FRIDAY 6 St. Matthew Apostle WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you:  love one another.”                                 (John 15: 9-17)...

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property – Vatican News

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church. By Andrea Tornielli The Acts of the Apostles tells us that “no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” This “is not communism; it is Christianity in its pure state.” With these words, Pope Francis, in the Mass celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, commented on the sharing of goods realized in the first Christian community. Often, and even very recently, the current Bishop of Rome has been criticized for questioning the untouchability of the right to private property, and his words have been linked to Marxism and communism. Last November 30, in a Message on the occasion of the opening of work of the International Conference of member judges of the Committee for Social Rights of Africa and America, Pope Francis said, “We build social justice on the basis of the fact that the...

Second Tuesday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Tuesday of EASTER TIME April 21, 2020 WORD of the DAY The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. (Acts 4: 32) How shall I live this Word? Luke, in writing the short text that today’s liturgy offers us, could not foresee that the same situation would occur many years later in a different world, apparently unable to repeat in the footsteps of Christ, true gestures of love. Instead, today, in the midst of the coronavirus explosion, we discover the joy of being Christian and that our faith is expressed in gestures of solidarity. There are those who renounce their salary to help the poorest. There are those who treat the infected at the risk of their own lives. There are those who search day and night to find the right vaccine to overcome the pandemic. Young and old, old and young, they work hard to live this time of emergency and pain in generosity. For the Christian, a life full of faith must also be reflected in daily relationships with people...

Loving Our Neighbor Begins in Our Hearts

When I was a graduate student studying counseling, I learned about the importance of self-care for the caregiver and healing professional. Of course, this word was used synonymously with self-love, in that we were encouraged to pamper ourselves by spending time getting a pedicure, binging on movies, sleeping in, or going out to eat with […] Source: Loving Our Neighbor Begins in Our...