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105. There is a tendency to believe that every increase in power means “an increase of ‘progress’ itself,” an advance in “security, usefulness, welfare and vigor; …an assimilation of new values into the stream of culture,” (The End of the Modern World), as if reality, goodness and truth automatically flow from technological and economic power as such. The fact is that “contemporary man has not been trained to use power well,” because our immense technological development has not been accompanied by a development in human responsibility, values and conscience. Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations. It is possible that we do not grasp the gravity of the challenges now before us. “The risk is growing day by day that man will not use his power as he should;” in effect, “power is never considered in terms of the responsibility of choice which is inherent in freedom” since its “only norms are taken from alleged necessity, from either utility or security.” But human beings are not completely autonomous. Our freedom fades when it is handed over to the blind forces of the unconscious, of immediate needs, of self-interest, and of violence. In this sense, we stand naked and exposed in the face of our ever-increasing power, lacking the wherewithal to control it. We have certain superficial mechanisms, but we cannot claim to have a sound ethics, a culture and spirituality genuinely capable of setting limits and teaching clear-minded self-restraint.
Source : Laudato Si'
My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,
Our Healing Mass on Tuesday at 7:00 pm is an expression of our love for our neighbor and I again encourage you to invite all your neighbors and friends who are sick or suffering and those who are caring for and walking with them in their pain. It is a powerful moment of grace and healing.
There are two, perhaps more mundane, expressions of love for our neighbor that I would also like to mention. Firstly, I would like to encourage everyone not to leave their handbags, backpacks, IPads, etc. in the pews when going to Communion. We ought to be able to expect that they will be safe in our absence but unfortunately that is not always so. Someone recently mentioned that she lost her bag and umbrella by leaving them in the pew as she went to Communion. Please be careful and keep an eye out for each other.
Another problem that we are encountering is cars parked right in front of the side doors of the church during Mass. As you know, there are no parking places right in front of the doors. If we need to drop off someone who needs help walking, the proper drop off point is in the turnabout of the main entrance. There one of the ushers will be happy to help anyone in need come into the church. We have wheelchairs available if necessary. Not parking in a designated parking space and especially parking directly in front of the doors makes parking and access to the church more difficult for everyone else. Please resist the temptation and keep your brothers and sisters in mind.
Finally, I invite you too to join us for the Healing Mass – we can all use healing.
Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger
Archdiocese of Miami
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