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Archdiocesan news briefs for February 2019

Archdiocesan news briefs for February 2019

St. Anthony women adopt children in prayer

St. Anthony women adopt children in prayer

Pilgrims’ stories from World Youth Day

Pilgrims’ stories from World Youth Day

Chinese Catholics welcome Year of the Pig

Chinese Catholics welcome Year of the Pig

‘Attorneys do make a difference’

‘Attorneys do make a difference’

At annual Mass honoring married couples

At annual Mass honoring married couples

Parkland: One year later

Parkland: One year later

Mary Help of Christians School remembers Parkland victims

Mary Help of Christians School remembers Parkland victims

Pastoral Bulletin for February 2019

Pastoral Bulletin for February 2019

Street spirituality on display at St. Thomas University

Street spirituality on display at St. Thomas University

Standing up for children

Standing up for children

‘To love with the heart of Christ’: Religious jubilarians honored

‘To love with the heart of Christ’: Religious jubilarians honored

St. Coleman students celebrate Frozen Friday with real snow

St. Coleman students celebrate Frozen Friday with real snow

Archdiocese saves over $1 million in energy costs

Archdiocese saves over $1 million in energy costs

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Compare risks and benefits

February 14, 2019

184. In the face of possible risks to the environment which may affect the common good now and in the future, decisions must be made “based on a comparison of the risks and benefits foreseen for the various possible alternatives.” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church)

This is especially the case when a project may lead to a greater use of natural resources, higher levels of emission or discharge, an increase of refuse, or significant changes to the landscape, the habitats of protected species or public spaces. Some projects, if insufficiently studied, can profoundly affect the quality of life of an area due to very different factors such as unforeseen noise pollution, the shrinking of visual horizons, the loss of cultural values, or the effects of nuclear energy use. The culture of consumerism, which prioritizes short-term gain and private interest, can make it easy to rubber-stamp authorizations or to conceal information.

Source : Laudato Si'

Fr. Michael W. Davis

Little Flower Church (Coral Gables)

Each time we have been to the Holy Land, our pilgrimage group has had the blessed opportunity to visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Its pristine landscape, along the hillside which cascades down toward the Sea of Galilee, provides a breath-taking view of beauty and nature in full array. Without question, the ambience naturally contains the experience of peaceful stillness, calm, and serenity. It’s actually difficult not to breathe in the graces of being in such a holy and tranquil place. That Galilean hillside is always the location of one of the inspiring Masses, which we celebrate outdoors in the open air with a view to rival all settings. It was in this context, according to Saint Matthew, that Jesus fed the 5,000 and gave his famous “Sermon on the Mount.” This weekend’s Gospel selection, however, is the Lucan version, somewhat of a recapitulation or “sum-up” of the Matthean account. Saint Luke, as you can tell, is even more poignant and direct regarding the implications of some our Lord’s original statements that day. With the people’s stomachs satiated and their minds in a state of ease, Jesus directed words to them that sought to nurture their souls, presenting them a message which at first glance seemed difficult to grasp, but intuitively deeply resonated within them. On that occasion, Jesus sought to turn conventional wisdom on its head and usher in an era of hope and trust in the God who has life’s ultimate word. Seated on the rock ledge that day, speaking to thousands of hearers, our Lord appealed to their spiritual imaginations and the deepest longings of their souls. The teaching Christ invited his hearers to experience blessedness. He invites us to do the same again today.

You will notice in today’s Gospel there are only four beatitudes mentioned: blessed are you who are poor; blessed are you who are now hungry; blessed are you who are now weeping; blessed are you when people hate you, exclude you, insult you, and denounce you. Each of these statements begins with the tone-setting word “blessed.” Roget’s International Thesaurus captures a bit of the sentiment of this important word, which in many ways is the interpretative key and goal of Jesus’ instructions that day, surely fostering hope in the hearts of the people, and a greater trust in God’s providence. The secular synonyms for the word “beatitude” or “blessed” are happiness, contentment, delectation, satisfaction, peace of mind, composure, well-being, felicity, joyfulness, fulfillment, blessedness, and beatitude. If we are honest about it, any of these words would probably serve as a welcome antidote to the hurt, and heaviness of heart of anyone who has ever endured suffering or lack of acceptance. They are certainly antonyms for the aggression, divisiveness, and waywardness of our contemporary culture, not to mention the evidences of godless selfishness in our modern day.

So many of us have felt need at some point in our lives. So many of us have had deep longings and hungers that long for fulfillment. So many of have felt grief and the great emotion of a broken human heart. So many of us have felt rejection in our homes, among our classmates, our so-called friends, or social circles. So many of us have even been maligned (perhaps by family, let alone politicians) for holding the tenets of our treasured Catholic faith as the guiding principles of our daily lives. Anti-Catholicism, indeed, looms large in our contemporary civic society and culture. If we allow them, so many things in modern life can rob us of the inner peace which we all so desperately seek. We need to be reminded that God has the final and ultimate word on the meaning of life. We embarrass ourselves when we pridefully think that we have it “all together,” while simultaneously there are so many things on the Lord’s “to-do” list. Pride, miserly self-sufficiency, personal arrogance, classism and having a superiority complex are spiritual toxins that blind our eyes to the agenda of the Gospel, and the ultimate meaning of life.

Against the social mores of the day which intrude on our God-given dignity and self-worth, may we find calm, peaceful stillness, tranquility, and yes, “blessedness” by cultivating a deep hope and trust in the providence of our merciful and loving God, who alone has the final word.

Fr. Michael W. Davis

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