Engaging Faith | Mon, Oct 19, 2015
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time [b]
October 25, 2015
October 24: United Nations Day
October 31: Halloween
November 1: Feast of All Saints
November 1: Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 2: Feast of All Souls
Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.
-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 1
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, defend the rights of those who have nothing. Speak up and judge fairly, and defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.
-John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 58
Church has the right, indeed the duty, to proclaim justice on the social, national and international level, and to denounce instances of injustice, when the fundamental rights of people and their very salvation demand it. … Her mission involves defending and promoting the dignity and fundamental rights of the human person. … Our mission demands that we should courageously denounce injustice, with charity, prudence and firmness, in sincere dialogue with all parties concerned.
-1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 36, 37
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 13
If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good.
-Pope Francis, Evangelli Guadium, 9
Thoughts for Your Consideration
Our commitment to Catholic Social Teaching calls us to speak up for what is right and just. The Spirit of Christ gives us the courage to speak up and even “shout” and proclaim the divine message of healing and inclusion -- the message of justice and peace.
In today’s gospel, Bartimaeus is rewarded for his courage to speak up. Many people tell him to be silent, yet he speaks up. "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stops and Bartimaeus is healed. He can now see and he is now included in the community of people following Jesus.
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