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August-September 2016

August-September 2016 LCWR Newsletter
August-September 2016 LCWR Newsletter

Embraced by Mystery

by Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR Past President

As I write, our country awaits, in anticipation or trepidation, the national conventions of our two major political parties. As you read, those events may be ended or in process, naming key players for the next months in US politics.

As citizens of the “Church in the Modern World” we will continue to call ourselves and others to civil discourse. Again Pope Francis’ words to the US Congress last September touch into our deepest desires:

“Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility.…You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics….Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in the spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.”

A recent LCWR statement adds: “We cannot let the voices of fear and hatred carry the day.” We are called to value the common good so that it triumphs over fear and hatred. We live in a world anxious about the effects of Brexit. We are surrounded by violent scenes, spawned by fear and hatred, in all parts of the world. As we observed a moment of silence for the victims of one of these tragedies, I was reminded of the line from Tennyson, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” (Death of ArthurRead the entire reflection by downloading the newsletter below.

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