Jesus First, Then Pro-Life…says Pope And Bishop

“The Pope said as much when he asked bishops to tone down talk about
certain moral issues. These topics are creating so much static that
people cannot hear the most important message, the Good News of Jesus
Christ.

Pope Francis wants to move the church away from ideological fixations
of a moralizing sort and toward proclaiming the gospel. The order of
church life must be inviting people to know God in Christ first. Then
comes the moral order, as a response to coming to know God’s mercy,
forgiveness, and joy.

Often, the order gets reversed and that’s where trouble occurs. This
is where the issues of abortion, contraception, active homosexuality,
and other life issues come in. Virtuous behaviour in these areas is a
response to God’s grace. It is not a pre-condition to belonging to the
community of God’s Kingdom and the Church.

Most people need a close walk with the Lord to understand why the
Church says no to certain behaviour. Without Jesus deeply in one’s
life, it is hard to understand these prohibitions. But how do people
get to know Jesus? It is by God’s people—you and me—evangelizing and
telling them about our Lord and Saviour.

You must share with your family, students, and associates, how Jesus
has saved you, loved you, and healed you. It has to be done
sensitively and respectfully, delicately and finely. Then you must let
the Holy Spirit take over as you pray for that person…”

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One thought on “Jesus First, Then Pro-Life…says Pope And Bishop

  1. This talk presented to Catholic teachers.

    1) Catholic teachers get a pastors recommendation to teach at the Board.
    2) OCSB Chaplaincy leaders take the CRA tax deduction as “clergy”
    3) As well, here is the union prayer:
    Creator God, we praise you, the source of all life. Renew our faith and guide us in our MINISTRY as Catholic teachers. Let us touch the hearts and minds of those with whom we work. Lord Jesus, share with us your counsel, so we may choose knowledge over ignorance, wisdom over waste, peace over injustice, community over isolation and service over domination. Holy Spirit, nurture our growth. Inspire us to give birth to the creative powers within us. Let us come to the fullness of life promised in the Gospel. Amen.

    So, OCSB teachers are not in the “pre-condition” phase that the Archbishop is talking about. They are supposedly in the virtuous behaviour phase (ie. at least TRYING to understand the Church’s teaching). So then, why the contraception, GSA etc pushes by the Board?? Is Jesus not deeply in their lives as they find it hard to understand prohibitions?

    Just wondering

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