Brendan: I’m writing this on March 28th. I feel the need to say that to contextualize this Conscience Conversation—every day it seems like the COVID-19 crisis is evolving in rapid, new, and terrifying ways. For a reader perusing this at a
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Brendan: There’s so much to deconstruct about Canada’s recent federal election, but from a Catholic perspective there’s a big question that has emerged in my mind and I want to pose it to you: Is Canadian politics suspicious of Catholics?
On Monday, the leaders of the federal parties faced each other in the only English-language television debate of the election. Re-watch the debate below from CBC’s YouTube page.
Federal Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective originally broadcasted on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church contemplates and outlines the rights and duties of a number of social institutions, and implies the purposes and utility of others. In the Church’s framework, both the roles and numbers of
M: If you’re okay with it, Brendan, I’d like to go one more round on the topic of saints for Catholic citizens. There’s one in particular I’d like to mention. He’s possibly a special one for Catholic Conscience: Saint John
One of the greatest spiritual tools afforded to us as Catholics in our journey towards God is the inspiration offered by the lives of saints. The saints are not just close to God in a special way, and people we
COVID-19 & the Culture of Compassion
COVID-19 & THE CULTURE OF COMPASSION. As we who are able to visit stores for food, masks, and disinfectant to stock up against the worst, let us not forget those around us who may not be able to help themselves so well. As the world hunkers down into its shelters, too many of us – the elderly, the lonely, those perhaps too shy to ask for help – are at risk of being forgotten: of becoming ill, or hungry, or despondent, and left behind.
Let’s reflect on ways we can responsibly reach out to those around us who may be in need:
• Can we text or e-mail the quieter ones among us, to make sure they’re ok?
• Can we responsibly knock on the doors of the elderly, and maintain a respectful distance as we check on them? As we offer to bring food, help them with prescriptions, etc.?
• Can we look for volunteer opportunities in our neighborhood, as need creates them?
• Can we be careful with ourselves, especially if we’ve put ourselves at risk, so that we don’t infect others, or drain medical resources already needed by others?
Of course can ALWAYS PRAY for the lonely and the dependent, for our leaders, and for the world. Holy Father Francis has offered us a prayer. Let’s put it to use:
Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Lady of Good Health.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of All People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will intercede, as you did at Cana in Galilee, so that joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We fly to your protection, O most Holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessity, but deliver us always from all dangers, most glorious and blessed Virgin.
Source: Catholic Conscience - March 15, 2020
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