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Sep 24: Day by Day with Father Bill

THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

-From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

(2) The political realities of our nation present us with opportunities and challenges. We are a nation founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but the right to life itself is not fully protected, especially for unborn children, the terminally ill, and the elderly, the most vulnerable members of the American family. We are called to be peacemakers in a nation at war. We are a country pledged to pursue liberty and justice for all, but we are too often divided across lines of race, ethnicity, and economic inequality. We are a nation of immigrants in our midst. We are a society built on the strength of our families, called to defend marriage and offer moral and economic supports for family life. We are a powerful nation in a violent world, confronting terror and trying to build a safer, more just, more peaceful world. We are an affluent society where too many live in poverty and lack health care and other necessities of life. We are part of a global community charged with being good stewards of the earth’s environment, what Pope Francies calls our common home, which is being threatened. These challenges are at the heart of public life and at the center of the pursuit of the common good. They are intertwined and inseparable. As Pope Francis has insisted, We are faced … with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded , and at the same time protecting nature. (Laudato ‘Si, no 139)

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