The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for March is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in March 2018, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here.
From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:
As we journey through the Season of Lent, we undertake penance, reflection and fasting in preparation for the great celebration of Easter. Like Jesus when he withdrew to the wilderness to prepare for his public ministry, so for us this time is a period of stepping back from our daily routines, for reflection on all aspects of life and for renewing the force of love in our hearts.
Pope Francis has drawn from the Gospel of Matthew in his 2018 Lenten Message– Because of the increase in iniquity, the love of many will grow cold (Mt 24:12).
The challenge: to watch for ‘the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool’.
Among those signs, he says, ‘more than anything else, what destroys charity is greed for money’ which can lead to ‘violence against anyone we think is a threat to our own “certainties”: the unborn child, the elderly and infirm, the migrant, the alien among us, or our neighbour who does not live up to our expectations’.
He says that ‘creation itself becomes a silent witness to this cooling of charity. The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration. The heavens, which in God’s plan, were created to sing his praises, are rent by engines raining down implements of death.’