We continue Pope Francis encyclical letter entitled Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship. This week is a summary of Chapter 2 by Brendan Gottschall, SJ.
Chapter 2 – A Stranger on the Road
After the lament of the first chapter, Pope Francis offers an extended reflection on Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan as a “ray of light in the midst of what we are experiencing” (56). The Holy Father sees in the parable a reminder that the natural love we experience for family members should be consciously extended to those who are strangers to us. This call to care for strangers in need has its roots in Judaism, and Pope Francis highlights that this care must be expressed both personally, case by case, and communally, united as a family. Each new day should be seen as an opportunity to “include, integrate, and lift up the fallen” rather than “an arena for [our] own power plays” (77).
Last call for Brick orders
If you are interested in ordering a memorial or family brick for a loved one, please click here. We will take orders through November 13.
Ladies Auxiliary Chiefs Raffle
Thanks to all who have bought tickets for the Ladies Auxiliary raffle. It helps them to continue the good work they do for our parish and other charities. The drawing for the winners of the baskets will happen Nov. 21st so you still have time to buy tickets.
You can find this week's Prayers of the Faithful here.