As a high school student, I’ve always considered school a safe place for me to grow and learn. That’s why school shootings always hit so close to home. Upon hearing about the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, I must express my condolences for the Roseburg community that has lost nine of its members. I am deeply saddened that yet again, lives were lost to gun violence.
But in spite of the sadness that follows the outcome of gun violence, we must ask ourselves how we can be of service to our brothers and sisters who have been directly affected by the losses in Roseburg. God is asking us to stand in solidarity with one another.
As the Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample puts it, “We are one body in Christ, and when even one member suffers, we all suffer with them.” As a community, we hurt together, but we also come out of that hurt together. In times where all seems lost, we must remember that God calls us to help one another through prayer. Continue reading “Mass shooting calls for solidarity”→
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis is calling us to remember our mission to be stewards of creation. Although I hear this phrase every so often in my Catholic circles, I often wonder what it really means. How do we care for our Earth? I really believe that it also has to do with being stewards for each other. Pope Francis’ message to Catholics and “people of goodwill” is to not just save the planet.
This next generation of young people have been called to guard and secure a future for the world where previous generations have neglected to do so. Be it through our efforts to provide clean water for children in Africa or our efforts to promote safer ways to live a lifestyle that is beneficial to both the planet and ourselves.
The one message I have really picked up on from the encyclical and from the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is that in caring for our fellow man, we care for our common home.
Does this mean that only young people can care for the Earth? Of course not. But if we are to be leaders in the future, we need to be the ones to put into action now. Pope Francis’ call to “people of goodwill” is to invite people to come to Christ asking His help to not only restore our fallen state of grace, by means of salvation, but to care for those who need it the most. Our call as young people is for us to safeguard all of God’s creations.
After a long and difficult journey, we have finally arrived at the last station – Jesus is laid in the tomb. He has been condemned, forced to carry the cross, fallen three times, crucified and has died. And for what, you may ask?
Have you ever heard the death cry? It is different from the typical cry of a broken heart or a weep in despair. The death cry is a sudden wail. It is a jerky lamentation with a gaping mouth gasping for air between sobs that struggle to squeeze out the sorrow; the sorrow of a separated loved one. Continue reading “Station Thirteen: Love and pity”→
Here is the Son of God—who appeared transfigured, dazzlingly radiant, before His disciples—nailed to a cross. Here is the Messiah—who the angel Gabriel announced would be called the Son of the Most High, who would reign over the house of Jacob forever—on the brink of death, with blood pouring profusely from His many wounds.
Clothing often defines an individual. It can reflect their social status and their personality. Our clothing is a part of us, acting as a second skin, protecting us from the harsh criticism of others. If ever our clothes are forcibly taken from us we would be humiliated, ashamed and our spirits would be broken. Continue reading “Station Ten: Undefined by the world”→