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Archdiocesan news briefs for July 2017

Archdiocesan news briefs for July 2017

No vacation from Sunday Mass

No vacation from Sunday Mass

Curbing human trafficking through education, research and outreach

Curbing human trafficking through education, research and outreach

Miami delegates take stock of 2017 Convocation

Miami delegates take stock of 2017 Convocation

Miami to host statewide Respect Life Conference

Miami to host statewide Respect Life Conference

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I. Technology: creativity and power

July 20, 2017

102. Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads. We are the beneficiaries of two centuries of enormous waves of change: steam engines, railways, the telegraph, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, chemical industries, modern medicine, information technology and, more recently, the digital revolution, robotics, biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. It is right to rejoice in these advances and to be excited by the immense possibilities which they continue to open up before us, for “science and technology are wonderful products of a God-given human creativity.” (John Paul II, Address to Scientists, Hiroshima, 1981)

The modification of nature for useful purposes has distinguished the human family from the beginning; technology itself “expresses the inner tension that impels man gradually to overcome material limitations.” (Caritas in Veritate)

Technology has remedied countless evils which used to harm and limit human beings.

  • How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications?
  • How could we not acknowledge the work of many scientists and engineers who have provided alternatives to make development sustainable?

Source : Laudato Si'

Fr. Michael W. Davis

Church of the Little Flower

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

When I was a kid, my grandparents would often take me to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport to watch the planes land and take-off. For a little boy like me, who loved airplanes, it was always breath-taking, and fun! I loved to listen to the control tower on the radio and watch for the movement of the planes, as the tower gave permission for the jets to land or take-off. Occasionally, we would even come down to Miami, park alongside Perimeter Road, at the large International Airport, and watch the real “big” planes land. We even saw the Concorde once! I was simply thrilled!

The other evening, for old times’ sake, I drove over to MIA along Perimeter Road near El Dorado Furniture and parked my car there to watch the planes. Not only did it bring back boyhood memories, it was also a relaxing diversion. But, I wasn’t alone! I counted 61 people there too; old and young, singles and married; families with their children. It was amazing. It made me wonder: “what are we all doing here? What is drawing us here? What are we responding to?”

As I began to reflect, some simple answers came to my mind. Some of us were in awe of the wonder and miracle of flight. Some of us were dreaming about being on a plane and going somewhere, perhaps to an enchanting vacation destination. Perhaps others were dreaming of their homeland, or of their family that lives so far away. And still others, with nostalgia, were recalling when they first flew, first came to Miami, first stepped off of a plane onto the ground of what would become their new home. Yes; I imagine there were as many responses as there were people there that day. Very impressive, indeed!

Our Gospel reading this weekend presents to us a different kind of draw on our attention. It seeks to awaken within us a more profound response to the questions of life and of faith: “what are we all doing here? What difference does our belief in Christ make in our lives?” In light of our faith in Jesus Christ, the parable of the sower and the seeds seems to ask, “what say you about the Christ and his Gospel?” In many ways, the parable seems to, therefore, be an examination of conscience about our reasons for following Jesus, about the varied and sundried ways that his people respond to the Gospel, and their level of commitment to the Lord and his teachings.

Some of us, of course, are initially excited about being part of grandiosity of the Church; but our interest fades as other experiences of life and its fireworks catch our attention. Others endeavor with earnestness to launch into the practice of the faith for a time, perhaps when convenient, but the roots are still not too deep. There is only evidence of a fair-weather faith. And still others are thrilled with the privilege of being members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church; they ground themselves in the truth of the Gospel, and they endeavor to do something about it by the way they live.

  • What are we all doing here in Church today?
  • What will our response to Jesus and his Gospel be?
  • Are we showing that we are his by the way we live?

In the final analysis, it’s not about the thrill, the diversion, the memories, or even the nostalgia. At the deepest core of our being, we all long for Christ, who alone has the words of eternal life. Everything about our parish’s mission has to do with getting our souls to Heaven, receiving the reward for a life well-lived, and being with Christ forever. Yes; the Gospel always invites us to a deeper response to the Lord and his transforming words. He alone has the words of eternal life.

  • Why would we ever get used to that?
  • What fireworks in life can compare?

And so, may our response to Jesus show that, not only are we thrilled with the privilege of being his people, but that we have the courage and conviction to do something about it by the way that we live.

Fr. Michael W. Davis
Pastor

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