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St Mary Star of the Sea
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“This is life: Christian life is a journey ....... Journey attentively, tirelessly, courageously.” I sit at my desk today and reflect on those words of Pope Francis from his Angelus on January 6.
Every step we take, every decision we make, all that we do, all that we say should lead us closer to God. And many times that isn’t easy. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8) It is up to us to consider what we think and what we do in light of what God desires. To do good in the eyes of the Lord.
We must remain humble but always speak the truth. We must respect those around us and love them as we would love ourselves – but we must also stand up for our faith and our God. We must do that with love and compassion and mercy. Let Pope Francis be our model of courageous and respectful dialogue.
Freedom of speech is a powerful right. Because it is a right it must be mutually defended and respected. And because it is a powerful instrument, both for good or ill, it is imperative that all speech be truthful, loving and respectful and at the service of the good of all. In the last few weeks, we have seen many grave acts of violence resulting from the interpretation of those human rights including freedom of speech.
The rising tide of terrorist acts will challenge us all to resist giving in to violence and to examine our own patterns of speech and behaviour. We are all on a journey together toward a greater apprehension of truth.
Be attentive. Be tireless. Be courageous. But, most importantly, be prayerful – that we stand up for our human rights and freedom of speech with the compassion and love for others that God desires. Let us always ask if our thoughts and our ways are aligned with God’s thoughts and ways. May our message always be of truth, light and love.
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