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Article from American Magazine
Archbishop Pérez: There is much
work to be done, but the American Dream endures
The Independent Oversight Committee issued its third public report regarding the progress of the IRRP to date. For information click on the link below: Independent Reconciliation and Reperations Program
THE CORONA OF OUR LADY
(Augustinian prayer devotion)
PRAYING FOR HEALING DURING COVID 19
PRAYER for HEALING from COVID 19
Comfort us, O Lord, for we are like your disciples on the storm-tossed seas,
unsettled by what lies ahead. We turn to You, our Healer and Guide,
to hear our prayer and still our hearts in our time of need:Heal those who are sick with the corona virus and protect the elderly and most vulnerable.
Give strength to all who tend to our health and wisdom to researchers
who work toward a cure.Open our eyes and hearts that we may look beyond our immediate needs to care for others who need help. Through the Holy Spirit, guide our leaders to make wise decisions for the welfare of all the people they serve. Grant eternal rest to those who have died from the virus,
and grant us, Our Lord and Savior,a prompt end to this illness through the intercession of Mary,Our Mother and Comfort of the Sick. Amen.
A Note from the Pastor
CHURCH AND STATE
Believers have always had to find a means of reconciling their faith with the authority of the State. Insofar as we can live within civil requirements, and not compromise our religious principles, we can peacefully coexist. Problems arise when there is a clash between the two, and just as we find ourselves in this situation today, the same existed at the time of Jesus. There were significant factions in his day, the Pharisees and religious leaders among the most vocal of the practices imposed by Rome. Roman taxation was one of those hot-button issues that was perfect for the trick question posed to Jesus. The Pharisees cleverly employed flattery before attempting to lure Jesus into a trap. But he turns the tables by asking a question that flushes them out in the open.
The payment of taxes presented a problem in that the Jews objected to the Roman coins, which bore an image of Caesar with titles ascribing divinity to him. Those in possession of these coins were thus in violation of Jewish law. So when Jesus asked the Pharisees to show him a coin with the image of Caesar, they in effect brought disgrace upon themselves by presenting one. He does not condemn them for having the coin, but essentially takes their ploy a step further, throwing a trick question back at them. By answering in this manner, he addressed something more important. Jesus demonstrated that while we have to accept and live within certain things that are out of our control, it does not mean that we are necessarily unfaithful to our beliefs. But we learn to work within
the system until we can change it by other means.
So we can give the coin of the realm to Caesar, but our belief in God as the one true God can never be compromised. How does this pan out for us in our present-day situation? What can we do as citizens of a nation
that has laws which sometimes conflict with our beliefs? As Jesus used his common sense to deal with the same question, we must learn to do the same. Essentially, we can stand in opposition by adhering to our principles and work for change by living according to the Gospel, the way of justice. The way we do this as Americans is to participate in the democratic process.
The American bishops issued the document “Faithful Citizenship” in order to help us in this endeavor. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego recently stated: “Ultimately, the role of the church is to bring us the proclamations of the Gospel, and not to make political determinations for the faithful. That responsibility rests on a well-formed conscience. As a matter of fact, Catholic teaching is always that in your core, your heart, when you are just there with God, after you’ve listened to the teachings of the church, after you’ve listened to other issues.... You sit down and you pray and ask, What is God calling you to do? If you’re doing that authentically, then your highest authority is conscience. In Catholic teaching, not only can you follow your conscience, you must. It is sinful not to follow a well-formed conscience.”
The Gospel shows that there is always going to be tension between faith and politics. As Jesus modeled for us today, we need to employ our God-given common sense to work within the system in which we find ourselves, and to make the effort to work for justice.
Reading material regarding the formation of conscience in regard to the November election:
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