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Rooted strongly in the Gospels we read account-after-account about Christ’s admonition that we serve the poor, the displaced, and the oppressed.  In 1891 Pope Leo XIII gave a new face to the obligation put to us by Christ.  He called it “Catholic Social Teaching”.  In 2015 there are 59 church documents that address CST [25 Papal or Vatican/another 34 from the U.S. Bishops].  Finding the essence of the church’s CST can be difficult. This one-page document presents the five principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

One document in particular we should be familiar with is the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). It is the “source document” for all matters of faith.  It’s important that we have some understanding of its content.  Unfortunately, it’s a scary-looking book.  The standard edition reaches 800 pages.  Luckily, there are two tools to help us make some sense of it.  There is an excellent index in the Catechism itself that makes it easier to find both the general area we’re interested in [sacraments] as well as the specific topic [Baptism].  For an even better option to look up information, there is an-line search engine dedicated to just this task.

Pope Francis has taught through his words and example the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  During Lent last year, he completely surprised his aides when, instead of following directions to where he would hear confessions, he knelt in front of a nearby priest to make his own confession. We know going to confession is important; equally important is how we prepare.  One approach is to look beyond the simple “yes” and “no” of the traditional preparations and examine how we have done upholding church teaching.  Do we pray regularly?  Read and study scripture?  At a recent meeting there was a quick overview of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). The question we can ask ourselves is “how am I making CST part of my life?”  This examination of conscience helps us do just that.

Rooted strongly in the Gospels we read account-after-account about Christ’s admonition that we serve the poor, the displaced, and the oppressed.  In 1891 Pope Leo XIII gave a new face to the obligation put to us by Christ.  He called it “Catholic Social Teaching”.  In 2015 there are 59 church documents that address CST [25 Papal or Vatican/another 34 from the U.S. Bishops].  Finding the essence of the church’s CST can be difficult. This one-page document presents the five principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Do you ever wonder if the Pope makes New Year’s Resolutions?  Well, he does, after a sort.  At the beginning of each year he provides a list of intentions [or petitions] for the whole church.  He has two intentions each month -- one for the Universal church; a second on the theme of Evangelization – and we’re invited to pray those intentions with him.  Pope Francis asks that we make his petitions part of every prayer we say. We should be doing that in our personal prayer, but we also have the responsibility of including them in the public prayer as well.  If you lead a committee in prayer, say the rosary after daily Mass, or if you are in a position to influence those who do, please pray his intentions along with the universal church.

 

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