Pastoral Council: Thoughts for Reflection
November 30, 2014
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it… (Ps. 127)
The other day, I was reading a letter from Dr. Scott Hahn. He began by posing the question:
“How do you change the world? Some would say through politics. Others through military might. And they’re right. Governments do change the world. So do armies. But they don’t heal worlds. They don’t make broken people whole.
“In our culture, many people have forgotten that. They’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and hoped in the wrong things. And the results? More brokenness and more despair.”
Then I read these paragraphs from Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching by Anthony Esolen:
“How else can we presume to bind people in a real society, with the felt bonds of brotherhood, outside of the Church of Jesus Christ? Peace on earth is not to be had without recourse to the Prince of Peace. Unity — as opposed to uniformity, conformity, conglomeration — derives from the Sacrament of Unity.
“Some there are, says Leo [Pope Leo, 1878-1903], who, when they hear the Pope recommend the Eucharist as the solution for the troubles of our times, will turn aside with ‘a certain peevish disgust.’ But that is only the result of pride, which darkens the mind and hardens the heart….
“Our society, said the Pope, is astray, wayward, out of the right road. It must return to the Way, if it is to recover the way. For the Christian faith leavens both the individual and the society: ‘It assuages sorrow, it calms hatred, it engenders heroes.’ The Church ‘has freed humanity from the yoke of slavery in preaching to the world the great law of equality and human fraternity.’ This equality… is not ideological or political, but reaches to the core of man’s being and demands reverence” (reproduced with permission from sophiainstitute.com).
Jesus is the builder of our house. Without Him, our efforts are in vain. We must give our lives to Him, and come to know Him through the true teachings and traditions of His Church.
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