What greater duty does any person of integrity have than to speak the truth about that which is morally wrong, unjust and despicable? To speak one’s mind, to challenge injustice, abuse, exploitation, torture and the unlawful taking of life is a serious obligation. It is a constitutional right to do so supposedly without fear of retaliation and persecution.
One of the striking aspects of spending four months in San Antonio, Texas, is the very Hispanic/Mexican feel of the city as well as the way it manages its social challenges, just as homelessness, poverty and more recently, the daily appearance (at its bus stations and airport) of Central American migrants who have been released “on cognizance’’ from nearby border detention centers. These people are often deposited at transport centers with little more than their children, the clothes they are wearing, and – if they are lucky – a paid Greyhound ticket to the destination of the relatives who have sponsored them, and in whose city they will have to appear for a definitive court ruling on their future.
"Quit being a lemon and make some lemonade in these straitened times," a journalist urged in a recent article. Instead of winging and complaining we must be on the alert for what is lovely around us. Instead of blaming people and events and falling into a “poor me” mode, we must consciously look for the good and the beautiful.
O God, grant us a deeper sense of fellowship with all living this,
our little brothers and sisters
to whom in common with us
you have given this earth as home.
We recall with regret that in the past
we have acted high-handedly
and cruelly in exercising our domain over them.
Thus, the voice of the earth
which should have risen to you in song
O God, who through the fruitful virginity
of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race
he grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray,
that we may experience the intercession of her,
through whom we were found worthy
to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity
Come, O Lord, to the help of Your people,
sustained by the intercession of Pope St. Sylvester,
so that, running the course of this present life
under Your guidance,
we may attain life without end.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in unity of the Holy Spirit,
on God forever and ever.
Columban Fr. Daniel O’Connor is part of a small group of eight in the Hyderabad Diocese, Pakistan, where they manage a health and tuberculosis clinic in the Badin Parish Church Compound in the interior area of Sindh. The government allocates a small amount of money in the health budget whereas defense is allocated a major amount of the budget, roughly 38 times the amount spent on health.
Lord, in this holy season of prayer, song and laughter,
we praise You for the great wonders You have sent us:
for shining star and angel's song,
for infant's cry in lowly manger.
We praise You for the Word made flesh in a little Child.
We behold his glory,
and are bathed in its radiance.
O most loving Jesus,
Who by Your beautiful virtues of humility,
obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness,
and by the example of Your domestic life,
blessed with peace and happiness
the family You choose on earth,
in Your clemency look down upon this household,
humbly prostrate before You and imploring Your mercy.
We remember today, O God, the slaughter
of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod.
Receive into the arms of Your mercy
all innocent victims; and by Your great might
frustrated the designs of evil tyrants
and establish Your rule of justice, love, and peace;
through Your son, Jesus Christ who lives and reigns forever.