Last week at Mass both Steve K. and I addressed the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and the unrest and anxiety both there and throughout our country. One person said to us, whoever thought we’d be in the position of having to speak out against Nazi flags? But there they were, on full display in a college town 170 miles or so to our north. The Franciscan friars in the United States released a statement following the events in Charlottesville,denouncing all forms of racism and violence, and adding the following: “Because we believe that every person is created by God in love, we also hold that disrespect or diminishment of – or violence against – anyone offends not only that person, but also that One who created that person.”
There is much to reflect on in that sentence: it holds up high one of the principles of Catholic teaching, that all men and women are created in the image and likeness of God. It also holds up the value of finding other ways besides violence, very much a gospel, and very much a Franciscan value.
This weekend we make our appeal to you, the people of St. Francis, to consider your important part in our Annual Offertory Pledge. If you are already pledging, we thank you. If not, we ask that you please consider your part in this important ministry of St. Francis.
Thanks, and blessings on your week!