Bring our Christian Voice to the Many

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent by FAN Board Member Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our March 6 newsletter

God invites each of us, as God invited Abraham in this week’s first reading, “to be a blessing” to all we encounter. Catholic Social Tradition gifts us with a model of how to bless others and to live “according to his own design” as St. Timothy poses in our second reading. The tenets of Catholic Social Teaching impel us to protect the rights and dignity of all God’s creatures, especially those who are the most vulnerable in our society. These tenets guide our perceptions so that “the other” ceases to exist and we are aware of each child, woman and man as made in the image and likeness of God. In its description of Catholic Social Teaching, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) states “Our culture is tempted to turn inward, becoming indifferent and sometimes isolationist in the face of international responsibilities. Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that “loving our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world.” Catholic Social Teaching asserts that there cannot be a disconnect between how we worship and how we live our lives.

When we look at the policies and actions of our new administration through the eyes of Catholic Social Teaching, in which direction is our nation going? Are we a people going in the direction of inclusiveness, recognizing that “‘loving our neighbor’ has global dimensions in an interdependent world?” Or, in our globalized, interconnected and interdependent world, are we turning more exclusive and inward, deeming a particular race, skin color, nationality, gender or way to worship God better than all others?

The direction our nation takes is up to us. Those who penned our Constitution emphasized this point in the Preamble with the words “we the people.” Pope Francis, referring to St. Francis of Assisi as an example, states “No one can demand that religion be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life…” The Pope exhorts us, “Continue to overcome apathy, offering a Christian response to the social and political anxieties…I ask you to be builders of the world, to work for a better world. Don’t be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don’t be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did.” Let us pray, that as with the apostles who witnessed the Transfiguration we experience the touch of the Lord and that we “be a blessing,” bringing our Christian voice to the many “social and political anxieties” of our nation and of our world.

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Board Member

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