Living in a Throwaway Culture
Welcome. This is the inaugural blog for the Office of Human Life for the Diocese of Cleveland.
The title for this blog is inspired by our Pope Francis as well as the recently preceding popes Benedict and Saint Pope John Paul. It is also inspired by our call as Christians to live with the hope of the Christ. When we have a passion for human dignity, we can get bogged down in the issues affecting human life and lose sight of goodness in people and all of creation, the gifts of God for our joy.
We are now, here today and everyday, surrounded by beauty and grace and love. Sometimes we are not aware of it because we are not paying attention. Pope Benedict said it this way,
“we have to witness to God in a world that has problems finding him. . . and to make God visible in the human face of Jesus Christ, to offer people access to the Source without which our morale becomes sterile and loses its reference point, to give joy as well because we are not alone in this world. Only in this way is joy born before the greatness of humanity: humanity is not an evolutionary product that turned out badly. We are the image of God. We have to move on these two levels, so to speak: the level of important ethical points of reference and the level that manifests the presence of God, a concrete God, starting from within and working towards them.”
Inspired by the teaching of many, and the leadership of these three popes who I have read extensively for this ministry, I hope to bring the issues of threats to life, as well as, the beauty and the joy of the teaching. I wish to be an encouragement so that we all can be inspired to live in this world and not of this world. To preach not only the moral wrongs but the love and joy of good more choices, both individually and collectively as a society and as Church. This is the gospel of life. This is the joy of the gospel. This is what Jesus and the Church teach us to do.
Director, Office for Human Life
September 8, 2017