There will be no evening confessions on Wednesday, August 5 or Thursday, August 6 during Holy Hour. The regular schedule will resume on Saturday, August 8.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,
my understanding, and my entire will,
all that I have and possess.
You have given all to me.
To you, O Lord, I return it.
All is Yours, dispose of it wholly
according to your will.
Give me Your love and Your grace,
for this is sufficient for me.
Reading Laudato Si’ (3)
In this series of articles about Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ we arrive to the second chapter which has a most beautiful and insightful title: “The Gospel of Creation”. This chapter called my attention from the very beginning because it is the more “theological” and it is a good example of how an encyclical is written. Having the personal style and touch of the current pope, it is still enriched by the best of tradition of the Church.
I have to confess that I had a great time reading it. It brought me back to my studies of theology using the “genetic method” following the Second Vatican Council’s guidelines. To study a topic you begin with the Bible, then the magisterium of the Church, and finish with the theologians and the saints. All these elements are present in this chapter which also brought back many memories of John Paul II and Benedict XVI’s teachings on creation.
As the space is limited, I will pick out some few ideas leaving behind many others. However, nothing can substitute your personal reading of the text. I can tell you how beautiful the cherry blossoms are, but only by being there will you have the full experience of beauty and awe.
- Creation is a gift. “We were conceived in the heart of God, and for this reason ‘each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary’ (Benedict XVI)” (LS 65).
- The relationships of respect and justice that we all want with others and with creation only can be founded over the principle of God the Father and Creator, “The best way to restore men and women to their rightful place, putting an end to their claim to absolute dominion over the earth, is to speak once more of the figure of a Father who creates and who alone owns the world” (LS 75).
- What St. John Paul II called “human ecology” is present: “genuine care for our own lives and our relationships with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others” (LS 70).
- The Gospel of Creation: “Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection… Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things” (LS 69 quoting Catechism Catholic Church 339).
I would like to close with this inspiring quote: “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. The history of our friendship with God is always linked to particular places which take on an intensely personal meaning; we all remember places, and revisiting those memories does us much good” (LS 84).
Saturday Vigil Masses:
5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (Spanish)
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (no 6:30 a.m. Mass on Federal Holidays)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Weekdays: After the 6:30 a.m. Mass
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4-5:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday at 7 a.m. through Saturday at 7:45 a.m., in the Adoration Chapel
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