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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Saturday, 05 September 2020 13:33

MONDAY, WEEK XXIII, ORDINARY TIME—Labor Day

Responsorial Psalm

R. Lead me in your justice, Lord. But let all who take refuge in you be glad and exult forever. Protect them, that you may be the joy of those who love your name. R. Lead me in your justice, Lord. (Psalm 5)

In the United States today is Labor Day. It is always good to remember that God calls us to build a world of justice where there is a place at the table for everyone. As Catholic Social Teaching tells us: The economy exists for the person, not the person for the economy. As Pope Francis says in his statement, Life After the Pandemic: “To everyone: let us not think only of our interests, our vested interests. Let us welcome this time of trial as an opportunity to prepare for our collective future, a future for all without discarding anyone. Because without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone.” As we pray in the psalm for today: Lead me in your justice, Lord.

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