You are truly the laborers cultivating the civilization of love.
Welcome to our Blog!
I must first share my incredible joy to provide this platform to voice our common experiences, our common battles, and our efforts/initiatives to cultivate the culture that we — families and individuals — live within, grow within, and seek daily to transform through our small, concrete decisions to follow the Good Shepherd. Our readers are truly the laborers cultivating the civilization of love. By the way they witness to the Gospel of Life, the way they love their spouses and families, the way they encounter their friends and neighbors, they make the love of the God of Salvation — the God of history — present, tangible, and convincing.
Take your Family to New Horizons
Just three months ago we finished the “Year of Faith” (October 11, 2012 – November 24, 2013), yet the spiritual fruitfulness and the effects of this year continue to cast our eyes upon the horizon of faith that will carry ourselves and the future of the Church into the third millennium. Many refer to this epic as the “New Evangelization,” while today we hear new jargon in news headlines calling attention to the “Pope Francis Effect.” Whether we interpret the movement of the Holy Spirit today under the etymological significance of these descriptions, or a “New Pentecost” or “New Springtime,” the object of this movement is the same: Encountering Jesus Christ through His Church. Classic doctrinal theory of God dictates (and history proves) that the mission of the Holy Spirit always carries out the mission of Jesus Christ — the two are intertwined — in the journey that all of humanity makes toward God in their lifetime. “Faith” and “journey” go hand-in-hand: a journey cannot proceed onward toward its destination without faith in that (1) the destination exists and is Good and (2) the way is trustworthy and secure. In his first encyclical Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis writes:
It is the light of faith that I would now like to consider, so that it can grow and enlighten the present, becoming a star to brighten the horizon of our journey at a time when mankind is particular in need of light. Lumen Fidei #4
This image of our present time and vision for cultivating the civilization of love sets the stage for our blog’s theme: “Take Your Family to New Horizons.” Horizon is a term familiar throughout culture and theology, perhaps most notably is the study of drama. Hans Urs Von Balthasar, in his masterpiece on theological dramatics, writes that drama “points toward the intention of the author, and beyond him to the horizon of all meaning whatsoever” (Theo-Drama: Theological Dramatic Theory, Vol. I; San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988; 314). When we consider our lives as possessing a coherent meaning all-throughout — a miniature “drama” in the great drama of human existence — we approach the Author of our lives asking for this meaning, who instructs us to have the faith to navigate well through life and be rewarded for our faith at the end (cf. Luke 7:50). The mountaineer who stays course traversing rugged terrain is aided with clarity and perspective when viewing the horizon in the distance. Likewise, faith provides the vision to view the common horizon for our lives.
What do we ask of our readers?
This blog is designed to stimulate thought and motivate action to cultivate the civilization of love. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to help each other become saints by the grace of God. We do this intentionally. Intentional discipleship is at the heart of the Christian life. Jesus’s words to his disciples are bursting at the seams with intentionality: “He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying” (Jn. 1:39); “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mt. 16:24).
- The first task we ask of our readers is to be intentional readers and intentional doers of the inspiration gained from these articles. Let your thoughts flow into words, and words incarnate into action. Pope Francis calls us to “go out” to the peripheries, not simply viewing them on the evening news.
- The second task we ask our readers is to share your stories with others. Every man, woman, and child has a story — a miniature “drama” — that is a sort-of “script” to communicate the horizon of their daily life and choices to their neighbors. The fall-out of consumerism and relativism in today’s culture is an isolation and general mistrust that our lives are guided by the same reason, felt by the same emotions, and rooted in the same creed. People hunger for friendship beneath the constant motion of their daily schedules.
- The third task we ask our readers is to contribute to cultivating the civilization of love through being a “disciple of Nazareth” following the example of our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, being a co-worker in their local parish or church — the centers of evangelization for all peoples in a geographical area — and finally, joining the Family Life/Respect Life Office at our upcoming events, and leaning how you can get involved.
Take your family to new horizons! Let the light of faith be your guide. Join us and others throughout the archdiocese, country, and world in building strong families who live as disciples of Jesus Christ. You are truly the laborers cultivating the civilization of love.