Dear Friends,

I would like to thank you for welcoming us priests from Christ the King to minister to you. You have been very hospitable and understanding. Together, we shall move forward in the spirit and wisdom of Jesus who is our Master. Fr. Brian Timoney has left for Ireland this week for a month of vacation. I will be joining him at the end of the month for a tour of Ireland. Fr. Donie O’Connor, from England will be joining our team for a month this week and he will also be assisting with Masses at St. Stephens. Fr. Donie is well known to the folks at CTK as he served there as an associate for a couple of years. Fr. Mario Rizzo has been doing real well adjusting to parish life and ministry after years of formation in the seminary. We are so happy that he is with us.

At a Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa, Pope Francis called on Catholics to speak out in the face of injustice toward migrants. “The Lord promises refreshment and freedom to all the oppressed of our world, but he needs us to fulfill his promise . . . He needs our voice to protest the injustices committed thanks to the silence, often complicit, of so many,” said Pope Francis in his homily at the July 6th Mass for Migrants. According to Francis, the silence is multifaceted. He spoke of “the silence that thinks ‘it has always been done this way’” and “the silence of ‘us’ as opposed to ‘you’” among the “many silences.” According to him, the only reasonable response is one of solidarity and mercy. Let us continue to keep our brothers and sisters at the borders in our prayers, for a peaceful and joyous resolution to their problems.

Recently Bishop Michael Curry, who shot into prominence for his speech at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, and his colleagues signed a letter that has become the voice of Christians in these challenging times in our history. I would like to share with you a few statements from that letter.

WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED for the soul of our nation, but also for our churches and the integrity of our faith. The present crisis calls us to go deeper—deeper into our relationship to God; deeper into our relationships with each other, especially across racial, ethnic, and national lines; deeper into our relationships with the most vulnerable, who are at greatest risk. The church is always subject to temptations to power, to cultural conformity, and to racial, class, and gender divides, as Galatians 3:28 teaches us. But our answer is to be “in Christ,” and to “not be conformed to this world, but be  transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable, and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

The best response to our political, material, cultural, racial, or national idolatries is the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Jesus summarizes the Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind. This is the first commandment. And the second is like unto it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:38). As to loving our neighbors, we would add “no exceptions.”

Fr. Paulson Mundanmani
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