Today's scriptures speak to the way God expects us to behave and treat each other. Mathew tells us that when Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest, he responded saying: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the greatest and first commandment. He then said, the second commandment is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
For the past few weeks I have shared some of my thoughts and understanding of the word "respect", as well as some different points of view. It pleases me to know that many listened to the suggestion I made earlier this month, and that several of you have been discussing the meaning of the word respect with your families and friends. Those of you who took time to look up respect in the bible will may have noticed that respecting, honoring and loving God the Father and His Son Jesus are essential characteristics to following Jesus.READ MORE
Today's scriptures are a reflective teaching on respect. The first reading set the tone, "I have called you by name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the Lord, and there is no other God but me."
When you look up the word respect in a dictionary, you can find several meanings. The definition I want to bring up today is the following: Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others –"respect for others". You will also find several synonyms: politeness, courtesy, civility, deference –" he spoke to her with respect".READ MORE
The Church has marked the month of October as Respect Life Month. The 2017-2018 Respect Life theme is "Be Not Afraid". A powerful message to remember that God is with us always! Following are a couple of excepts from the statement issued by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities; for you to ponder.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that our identity and our mission are two sides of the same coin; like the apostles, we are called to be missionary disciples. We are not only invited to follow and take refuge in God, our stronghold, but we are also commissioned to reach out to one another, especially to the weak and vulnerable.READ MORE
Starting this week, we will be sharing some thoughts on what the word RESPECT means. The intention is to inspire parishioners to think about the meaning of this word, both in a social context and as one of our values. One of the meanings of respect is treating everyone with equality and dignity and being true to our Catholic traditions.
Peter summarizes the Bible's teaching on respect in his first letter: "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king" … (1 Peter 2:17). Loving the brotherhood of believers, means to love all believers, regardless of color, nationality, or beliefs; and we are called to demonstrate that we love all our brothers and sisters in Christ.READ MORE
Domestic abuse and violence refers to a pattern of violent and coercive behavior exercised by one adult in an intimate relationship over another. It is not a private family matter. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. It refers to the physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse and does include teen dating relationships. A statistic from the Bureau of Justice indicates that from 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence were female. Domestic violence affects the whole family, including any children. (obtained through Catholics For Family Peace)READ MORE
Catholic Social Teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness within the challenges of modern society. The depth of our Church's teaching has traditionally been articulated through papal, conciliar and episcopal documents. Nevertheless, there are several key themes or values at the core of our Catholic social tradition which I will briefly highlight below.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person - Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is weather it threatens of enhances the life and dignity of the human person.READ MORE