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The challenge to live out the values enshrined in the Commandments

6th Sunday of Year A (Matt 5:17-37) February 12, 2017 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB LAWS can be hard, at times, but when we succeed in complying with their formal prescriptions, they also produce in us a feeling of fulfillment and security . . . Yet, there is more to moral life than just complying with certain legal demands. Governments may not require more than that, but God does. Our conscience does. A well-formed conscience never stops at the action in itself. It knows that every action – either forbidden or commanded—is like the tip of an iceberg: the iceberg of moral attitudes, of fundamental commitments, which are the primary targets of the moral law. If we want to be in good terms with God and our conscience, we must reject the idea that He can be cheated, . . . that He also can be satisfied with appearances and lip service—The letter of the Law is important, but what matters most are the values it enshrines, and the internal dispositions with which we comply with its demands. Jesus reminds us of just this. He enters the scene as the young prophet and reformer who has an important message to deliver and presents it with authority. With his moral teaching, he shakes off the dust of accommodation and the rust of compromise. With shocking frankness, he presents to his...

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Can We Build a Community Merely on the Basis of Law?

A meditation on the Gospel of the 6th Sunday of Year A (Matt 5:17-37) February 12, 2017 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD IN coming to the world, Jesus wished to establish on earth a new community, the initial embodiment of the kingdom of God. Which is why, he started to call his disciples who would become the germ of his community. Being a new community, it offers its members an entirely different way of life. Consequently, it has a distinctive standard of righteousness. According to Matthew, this righteousness, which disciples must attain, is far above that of the...

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Pope Francis: In healthcare, we are responsible to the most vulnerable

VATICAN, Feb. 10, 2017-– When it comes to healthcare and using our resources wisely, we have a responsibility to protect and take care of the most vulnerable in society, especially the elderly, Pope Francis told members of the Italian bishops’ conference Friday. “To optimize resources means to use them in an ethical and responsible manner and not to penalize the most fragile,” he said Feb. 10. “It is necessary to be vigilant, especially when patients are elderly with a heavily compromised health, if they are suffering from serious and costly diseases for their care or are particularly difficult, such...

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Without women, there is no harmony in the world, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Feb. 10, 2017-– A woman’s value is not based on her material accomplishments, but simply in the beauty and harmony she brings to the world, just by her very being, Pope Francis said. While neither man nor woman is superior to the other, they play different roles, the Pope said. “Man does not bring harmony…It is she who brings that harmony that teaches us to caress, to love with tenderness; and who makes the world a beautiful place.” Often we hear people say, the Pope said Feb. 9, that “it is necessary in this society, in this institution,...

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Vatican meeting calls organ trafficking a crime against humanity

VATICAN, Feb. 9, 2017-– After a conference on organ trafficking at the Vatican Feb. 7-8, participants signed a statement agreeing to unite in fighting the crime of organ trafficking – submitting 11 proposals for implementation by healthcare and law enforcement professionals around the world. The creation of the statement was one of the main objectives of the Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Participants in the summit included nearly 80 doctors, law enforcement officials and representatives of health and non-government organizations from around the world, who gave reports on the issue...

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