They will know us by our LOVE!

31 Things Catholics Struggle with in the World Today

#32  There is nothing mentioned on this list about war, poverty, injustice, greed, or extreme patriotism over faith.  It’s heavy on judgement of others’ sin and light on love.  And THAT is what I struggle with in the world and in the church today:  so much concern that an act of love might possibly be viewed as condoning sin that we choose not to love those outside the Church at all.

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 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.  Mark 12:31

Respect for all humanity…

Years ago I was in a conversation with a group of people about how better to improve relationships between police officers and the people they police.

Officers working in the town where I grew up were required to live within the city limits.  (Actually, ALL city workers were required to do this.)  They were our neighbors, parents of our friends, and members of our churches.  They were part of the community and had as much invested in it as the rest of its citizens.   I truly believe that this should be the case for all police officers.

In the conversation, a woman replied, “There is no way my family is going to live with those animals.”

And that, ma’am, is why you NEED to live there.

 

Mr. Rogers & Social Justice

The ‘radical’ legacy of television’s Mister Rogers

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

LIGHT BULB MOMENT!

I’ve always wondered how I managed to grow up with such a strong sense of social justice.  I’m sure part of it was the place I grew up.  Some may have come from St. Mary’s and Pr. Hall, our youth pastor throughout my high school years.  My mom contributed, too.  But those things just don’t add up to this being a central part of my being.

Mr. Rogers.  OF COURSE!   I wasn’t a fan of PBS kid shows at all.   I tolerated Sesame Street (granted, it was really for the preschool set) and I nearly hated Electric Company.  But Mr. Rogers?   I *loved* Mr. Rogers.    I was still watching it in high school whenever I had the chance.  And college.  Then I watched it with my own kids, although they didn’t see nearly as many episodes as I did since there were so many other things competing back in the 90s.  Like work.  And VeggieTales.

Thank you, Mr. Rogers, for teaching me how to love people!