Synod 2018

To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on Youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16 to 29 year olds around the world.

To go to the website created to get more information, click here

To go directly to the questionnaire, click here

The vengeful will suffer the Lord’s vengeance

(pertaining to today’s first reading: Sirach 27:30-28:7)

“Those who live by the sword , die by the sword.” “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” “We all get what we deserve.” These sayings are about the curious matter of reciprocity, whch most of us either want or fear. Reciprocity is like karma: the Eastern idea that people shape their fate in the next life based on the forces they generate in this life. Many of us are at home with a more instant version of karma: if we do a rotten thing to someone, we expect to pay for that sooner rather than later. 

The writer of Sirach, wisdom teacher Ben Sira of the century before Jesus, was on to something when he saw for-giveness coming to those who forgive, and parson available to those who show mercy.On the other hand, if the outgoing expression to our neighboe is anger, we can’t expect peace to be coming our way. These aren’t just mysterious formulas of justice built into the universe; they’re as close as the chemistry in our bodies generated by our acts of kindness, or deeds of darkness. (Alice Camille)

How do you feel when you do a generour thing?

How does brooding and rehearsing injuries you’ve suffered feel?

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