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A couple of weeks ago the New York Sunday Times had a long report on American youth. It was called “It’s Life or Death: The Mental Health Crisis among US Teens.” Surprisingly absent from the Times report is any indication of the loss or lack of meaning among the young. Do they feel their lives have meaning, or their future, the earth, the country, the church?
But hope is not a wish. It is the expression of faith in God’s promises and our commitment to live so as to make the present world better. The present signs of chaos may be the call to change and simplify our lives, to learn how to live the human story in a new way.
The pandemic has been revealing our connectedness as people of this planet. Separation and isolation are the biggest anti-human ways we sin. Unity (not uniformity) shows how we are created in the image of God – three in one, different but the same.
The world, the church, even the country in which I grew up no longer exist. Facing the demands of our time requires a lot of savvy and courage.
“The poor you have with you always,” said Jesus. But they’re not supposed to be the same poor.
Every election cycle affords us an opportunity to reflect on the role of citizen Catholics and our voting.