Monday, July 2, 2018
July 8, 2018-Sunday Bulletin-Saint Patrick Catholic Parish
Saint Patrick Catholic Parish
Sunday, July 8, 2018 — Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
THE FREEDOM TO BE GOOD
Since my weekly column in Spanish is quite heavily weighted with theology, I think that it would be a good balance to keep this English “lead” more as commentary on current events from a faith perspective --very much along the lines of what Fr. Michael used to write.
As I write this lead, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a champion of personal liberty, has just retired. In a notorious opinion he once co-wrote: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life."
The danger of such conception of personal liberty is that it abrogates personal liberty from having the goal of objective moral goodness.
When freedom is separated from goodness, then one runs the risk of calling “personal liberty” being enslaved to sin. And yet, if one is enslaved to sin, one is not truly free, even if one may self-define in that way.
And this principle applies in broader terms as well: “If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance” (Pope Francis’ 2015 address to Congress).
Let us continue to pray for our three branches of government, especially for the Supreme Court during this time of transition.
In Christ, Fr. Carlos, O.S.A.
We, the church of Saint Patrick, in the community of North Park,
of the Roman Catholic Diocese and City of San Diego,
declare this to be our primary mission:
to come together to celebrate the Eucharist,
hear God’s word proclaimed,
give praise and thanksgiving to God,
and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe that by freely sharing our faith, talents, and treasures,
we discover Christ’s presence among us and bring Him to others.
We have a strong desire to give and receive love, service, peace, support,
and fellowship, within our families, our parish, our community, and the world.
Open to the power of the Holy Spirit, we pursue this mission faithfully and lovingly.