Here is Bulletin_2015-03-22.
This week’s bulletin has an interesting four-page insert, which is A Spotlight on Parishioners of Saint Peter’s Church. The St. Peter’s Spotlight says this about itself:
This is the inaugural edition of The Spotlight and it is hoped this effort brings discovery, possibilities, and recognition of gifts and talents of many people in our parish who reach outside of themselves to find their own answers to a calling of ministry to others.
The Spotlight then goes on to remind us of the seven facets of Catholic Social Teaching:
There are seven facets to Catholic Social Teaching.
1. Dignity of the Human Person: God loves us. Look at all others “through the eyes of God”.
2. Community and the Common Good: “It is out of community that we are sent to love and serve the world.”
3. Rights and Responsibilities: “We must respect the rights of others and care for others according to God’s commandments and example.”
4. The Poor: “The gospel calls us to radical and self-giving love-to meet the needs of the poor and_vulnerable …”
5. Dignity of Work: “Our faith calls us to demand justice for all workers.”
6. Solidarity: “The gospel calls us to be peacemakers: that we live in right relationship with others, ourselves, and God.”
7. Care for God’s Creation: “We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.”
Nope, no argument from my wife or me. You just have to go the Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching to see that this is authentic. The fact that there are good and dedicated people in our Parish doing good works in the community should be recognized in The Spotlight. The fact that one of our own is working toward alleviating physical suffering for the poor and hungry is a great blessing.
In the fifties the good nuns taught me that there is a balance to the Christian life – it is both physical or temporal and it is spiritual and eternal. The expression “social justice” was never used. Instead, Sr. Rosaria or Sr. Madonna would teach us that there should be a balance between the Corporal Works of Mercy and the Spiritual Works of Mercy. And —- the salvation of souls always, always takes precedence. Additionally, we were taught about the four last things: death, judgement, heaven or hell. If I am well fed when I die, will that make a difference should I go to hell? Would I want anyone else to be in that position?
We would sincerely hope, that future editions of the St. Peter’s Spotlight focus on those in our Parish who are performing Spiritual Works of Mercy.
There is more that can be said about The Spotlight, but we shall save that for another time.