The World that We Live In
Natural disasters have devasted our country. Greed and corruption taint our society. Crime, poverty and sickness have laid waste to so many innocent lives. Temptation is everywhere. But perhaps the biggest temptation of all is to do nothing in the face of all these tests of faith. The challenge to be holy has never been more relevant than today.
What can move us to take up this challenge? Love. The fullness of our life can be attained when we act out of Love. Love shall become our strength, a banner that many others would rally behind. We have been tasked to seek the truth, to speak the truth, but more than anything, to act and live it in our daily lives, powered by Love.
This year is the Year of the Laity--of ordinary people. Everyone, from all walks of life, has been called to take courage and be the change in the society we live in. We, as Catholics, from the moment we were baptized, have been entrusted with the mission to be truly soldiers for Christ. To share in more than just Christ's dignity as a Son of God, but to take on His mission as well. We have been called to return to the truth, fostering the common good for all. Our mission begins in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life. Through our interactions with friends and family, but more importantly, it has to begin within us. It has to begin with a wholehearted yes to the divine call that each of us has. Pope Francis urges us to take courage and go out into the world of the family, of business, of economics, of politics, of education, of mass media and social media of communications, and to every human endeavor where the future of humanity and the world are at stake and to make a difference. We all have to make all things new in our beloved country, one brave choice at a time. And as we choose to act of out love, for ourselves and for our fellow men, we go out into the world, as heroes. We the laity must stand up for Christ not only in religious activities but in our private and public lives. Speak up for Jesus and His church in the public.