This is the motto of the Special Olympics, whom we will be hosting next week for a day long track meet. It is also wisdom for life, because it points to a universal human truth.
Being brave in the attempt is the win.
Are you comfortable?
For several years, God has been gently guiding me to see that comfortable is not the same thing as happy. See, I've been living a fairly comfortable life for quite a few years now. I'm very blessed to have a loving family, a safe home, a good job. Along the way, I had this growing certainty that even though I was comfortable, I wasn't happy.
How frustrating is that? I have more wealth in my life than what the vast majority of humanity has, and somehow it's not enough. I was comfortable, but discontent. I couldn't stop worrying and wanting more.
When the chance came up to join a year long experience sure to disturb my comfort, God had already made my heart ready.
With the imminent publication of Pope Francis's encyclical on ecology, we are perhaps going to see a first in Church history: a papal pronouncement that is better received by the world than by the Church itself. That is, some Christians are already indignant of the use of papal authority to address the right use of Creation - or at least, many fear the pope's word on the subject will not agree with theirs.
In the happy expectation of creative tension within the Church, I thought to remind us all of the usual way of such things, to wit: the Pope speaks, and the world kvetches.
Here, then, are the 5 worst-received papal documents.
Why do I count myself so blessed to work among disadvantaged youth?
Because there is a poverty that comes with privilege.
I will tell you that the poor are not automatically virtuous or attractive; I will tell you that middle-class comfort can also give rise to goodness and holiness and justice. But the poorest among us lay claim to Christ’s presence, and saint after saint has found Him there, in them.
Why the preferential option? What is this preferential option?
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