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Fr. Mark’s Desk - October 20, 2019
Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel once said, “The opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference”. This quote is inspiring for various reasons but a dominant reason is that he survived the holocaust without preaching hate. Jesus on the mountain before his crucifixion invites his disciples to pray to get through ‘this hour’. They sleep instead. They are not ready when ‘the hour’ arrives. The necessity of praying always resides in the soul of the one who remains persistent and passionate in correcting injustice, but in a just way. The widow in our gospel will not allow an injustice to occur. She is not indifferent, she is a person of love. Faith is living justly in this world, as a reflection of God’s world, and our ultimate destiny in heaven, (or hell, for the unjust).

Pope John Paul II is well known for having said, “If you want peace, work for justice”. The Catholic Church adheres to seven themes of Social Teaching. (Social Teaching is not the same as Socialism, by the way!!) These themes are to be taken seriously as reflections of the Gospel and Christian Discipleship.

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation

Looking ahead, our annual Mass of Remembrance will take place at 4 pm Mass on Saturday,
November 2.

Coming Monday, October 28, St. Linus will co-host Mary, in Christianity and Islam: A Bridge or Barrier to Interfaith Dialogue at Saint Xavier University McGuire Hall at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE for more information.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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