Each year as the number of clergy in the Catholic Church who reach the retirement age of 75 continues to increase, which is predicted to double over the next five to 10 years, primary importance is placed on the welfare of these men who have served God and His Church throughout their lifetime.
Many years ago I grew to embrace the fact that if God showed something to me that it was meant for me, not for my relatives, friends or colleagues. Knowing that God speaks to each of us in a multitude of ways, my repeatedly seeing this verse signified that it was meant for more than mere reading, or rereading, of the text.
The “Theology of Encounter,” which Pope Francis has been talking about even before he became a pope, is not only to help young adults encounter Jesus in their own lives, but it is actually for us to encounter Jesus in the young adults we serve. To see their gifts and joys as our own gifts and joys, and to see their challenges and struggles as our own challenges and struggles.
On May 18, I was pulling into the St. Dominic Chancery parking lot when the radio station announced there was an active shooter situation at Santa Fe High School. No details were given at that time. I said a prayer and headed into the building.
The Catechism (2221-2231) provides an answer by teaching that my wife and I have the first duty to educate our children and that we fulfill our duty by filling our home with tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service.
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