As we leave our Advent of waiting, expectation and welcoming the light, we continue the Christmas season leading to the baptism of Jesus. And we realize that the times we will enter in January will be anything but "Ordinary." It is honest to say our world hurts more than it did a year ago. Our job is to keep going, keep others going, and to "save pessimism for better times..." (Eduardo Galeano)
The Passionist Solidarity Network offers you two gifts for this year-end/beginning.
It is gift is for the ears of your soul and a little light for dark times. It is a beautiful seasonal album that was just recorded by Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Executive Director, Kyle Kramer and his family. The 14 tracks includes amazing vocals and piano accompaniment by Kyler, his wife, Cyndi and children, Eva, Clare and Eli. It was mastered by Earth and Spirit Center volunteer, Joe Brown.
Click here to listen free on Soundcloud- and enjoy!
“She (the Church) must above all protect mankind from self-destruction.” This remarkable statement caught my attention on re-reading Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. He was quoting Pope Benedict (XVI)’s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. It is remarkable to me because I had never considered this to be ‘the’ primary mission of the Church – to save humanity from itself. Wow!"
I mean, I do recognise that it is what I have been engaged in from the beginning of my vocation, though I couldn’t have named it in these terms. In my teenage years, when I first took my faith seriously thanks to a profound religious experience, I would have understood the Church’s primary task as that of saving souls from eternal damnation. From this perspective, the self-destruction I understood myself fighting against was the human tendency to sin and so put his or her eternal life at risk. I would have understood things from the point of view of personal morality and our weakness that leads us to sin, despite the eternal consequences. Wow!