Illuminating Consciences

Pope FrancisThe Holy Father turns his attention to those “assailed” in their sense of right and wrong. From the fourth letter of “FAMIGLIA,” let’s look at illumination:

Illuminating consciences often assailed by harmful and subtle dynamics which even attempt to replace God the Creator, dynamics which must be unmasked and resisted in full respect for the dignity of each person;

A confessor I once knew had a theme in his preaching on penance: that sin loses much power when it is brought into the light. He didn’t mean only the experience of confessing sins. I don’t think Pope Francis has only that in mind either. Interpersonal dynamics–politics if you will–indeed assail many people whose good efforts are shunted to the shadows while their more powerful adversaries advance other schemes more narcissistic in nature.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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