Archives for November 2017

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Pope: For Christians, work is more than an occupation, it’s a mission

Pope Francis at the General Audience Oct. 11, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.
.- In a letter for the conclusion of a conference on labor on Friday, Pope Francis said work is about more than just doing something for money, but about cooperating with Christ’s work of redemption in how we care for others and the earth.

“According to Christian tradition, (work) is more than a mere doing; it is, above all, a mission,” the Pope said Nov. 24.

“We collaborate with the creative work of God when, through our work, we cultivate and preserve creation; we participate, in the Spirit of Jesus, in his redemptive mission, when by our activity we give sustenance to our families and respond to the needs of our neighbor.”

Jesus of Nazareth, who spent most of his life working as a carpenter, “invites us to follow in his footsteps through work,” he continued. This way, in the words of St. Ambrose, “every worker is the hand of Christ who continues to create and to do good.”

Pope Francis sent the letter for the conclusion of a Nov. 23-24 international conference at the Vatican on work and worker’s movements, and how these are at the heart of sustainable and integral human development.

At the same time that we consider the value of work, the Pope stressed the importance of not exaggerating the “mystical” side of work, as observed by Pope Paul VI. The person “is not just work,” Francis said. “There are other human needs that we must cultivate and consider, such as family, friends, and rest.”

This is why, he stated, it is important to remember that work must always serve the human person, and not the other way around. Therefore, “we must question the structures that damage or exploit people, families, the companies and our mother earth,” he said.

In the letter, the Pope decried the utilitarian attitude faced by many workers, who in their struggle for just work, have been forced to accept the presence of a utilitarian mentality which does not care if there is excess waste, “social and environmental degradation,” forced child labor, or pollution.

“Everything is justified by the money god,” Francis said, noting however that many of the people who participated in the conference have contributed to the fight against utilitarianism in the past and are “well positioned to correct it in the future.”

“Please address this difficult subject and show us, according to your prophetic and creative mission, that a culture of encounter and care is possible,” he said.

Drawing a connection between the three topics of time, work and technology, the Pope criticized the constant intensification of a rapid pace of both work and life, saying it is unfavorable for sustainable development.

Technology as well, which we receive many benefits and opportunities from, can also hinder sustainable development when “it is associated with a paradigm of power, dominance, and manipulation,” he said.

To talk about development in a fruitful way, we must start from what we have in common, he said, which is: our origin, our belonging and our destination. “On this basis, we can renew the universal solidarity of all people, including solidarity with the people of tomorrow.”

“We will also be able to find a way out of a marketplace and monetary economy that does not give work the value it is due, and move it towards another in which human activity is the center.”

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Pope Francis appoints bishops for Jefferson City and Nashville

Bishop-elect W. Shawn McKnight. Photo courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis named Father W. Shawn McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita as Bishop of Jefferson City. He succeeds Bishop John Gaydos whose resignation was accepted by the pope.

Bishop-elect McKnight, 49 was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Wichita in 1994. He earned a master of arts degree and a master of divinity degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum (1993-1994) and later earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome in 1999. In 2001, he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology also from the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm.

He served in a wide variety of pastoral and administrative assignments including service on the Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors in Wichita. From 2010 to 2015 Fr. McKnight served as executive director of the US bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations. In addition, he has held numerous academic, professional and academic society positions among them serving as director of Liturgy and director of Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum.


Bishop-elect J. Mark Spalding. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Louisville

Pope Francis named Father J. Mark Spalding, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, as Bishop of Nashville. He succeeds Bishop David Choby who died on June 3 at the age of 70.


Bishop-elect Spalding, 52, a native of Kentucky’s “Catholic Holy Land” was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1991. He attended St. Meinrad College Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana where he studied philosophy. He later attended the American College at Louvain in Belgium (1991) where he earned a degree in theology. He later attended the Catholic University of Louvain, where he earned a Licentiate of Canon Law in 1992.

He served in a variety of pastoral and administrative assignments including judicial vicar from 1998-2011 and is currently vicar general for the Archdiocese, 2011-present.

His episcopal ordination and installation is scheduled for Feb.2.

For the USCCB News Release (Nov. 21, 2017), click here.

For a message from Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, click here.

For a message from Wichita Bishop Carl Kemme, click here.

NFPC This Week, #735 – 11/19-11/25/2017

Advent: Time for Renewal

As we approach the season of Advent we want to share a reflection we received from Father Gene Hemrick. Fr.  Gene is founder of the National Institure for the Renewal of the Priesthood – . He received NFPC’s Touchstone award in 2009.

There’s no better time than Advent for putting our house in order.

The house of which we speak is our disposition that is being bombarded by a topsy-turvy world threatening the beauty of the season.

Years ago, the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World identified the threats to society and the common good: “Feelings of hostility, contempt and distrust, as well as racial hatred and unbending ideologies, continue to divide men.”

Today, violence, character assassination, dishonesty, animosity and combative ideologies are strangling our ability to live a kind and well-disposed existence.

Advent is a sacred time to celebrate Christ becoming incarnate and living among us — a time to increase our efforts to live his love within ourselves and with those among us.

Recently, a friend threw out his back and cried it had stopped him from going on with business as usual. Many people among us are in the same situation lacking a healthy life due to physical or mental handicaps.

Advent is a time to befriend the destitute through our caring. As Christ befriended us, we reach out to others. We seldom think of its power, but when care is heartfelt, it contains the potential for creating a calming peace in those whose life is seriously disrupted.

No doubt many of us know people who are perpetually glum. Advent is a time to flash a cheerful smile in hopes of uplifting their hearts with a sunny moment.

These days, our air is filled with negativity. In Advent, we direct our conversations away from the negativity to the optimistic side of life, in gratitude for the many God-given gifts we enjoy.

I often listen to a news station that ends on a heartwarming note. Unfortunately, most news and many of our movies are about vicious violence. Advent stops us and allows us to focus on wholesome events of the day. It is especially a time to read the Gospels with an eye on Christ’s heartwarming humanness as he walked among us.

Truth applies to our most important relationships: friendship, collaboration, love, marriage, the family. Advent is a time to counter an atmosphere of untruthfulness by “telling it as it is” and thereby increasing our loyalty to truthfulness.

The above examples are but a few of how to celebrate Advent through the cultivation of the disposition of kindness within ourselves, our homes and those among us

The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery

What makes The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey through Recovery by Scott Weeman compelling inthat it is his personal story of his descent into hopelessness and “incomprehensible demoralization.” Then through the grace and mercy of God and significant individuals, Weeman comes to a spiritual awakening. As he points out in the Introduction, “This shift did not happen overnight. Its foundation was laid in working the Twelve Steps and immersing myself in the sacramental life of the Church.” There are four Chapters:

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