Fratelli Tutti 54: Hope

I feel relief that after strong criticism and an honest look at the evils of the world, Pope Francis doesn’t leave this chapter on a troubled note. Instead he reminds his readers that countless people in diverse callings have responded to the call to serve and protect–and I don’t mean military or police exclusively, but other brave women and men who do what is needed to serve:

54. Despite these dark clouds, which may not be ignored, I would like in the following pages to take up and discuss many new paths of hope. For God continues to sow abundant seeds of goodness in our human family. The recent pandemic enabled us to recognize and appreciate once more all those around us who, in the midst of fear, responded by putting their lives on the line. We began to realize that our lives are interwoven with and sustained by ordinary people valiantly shaping the decisive events of our shared history: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caretakers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests and religious… They understood that no one is saved alone.[Cf. Extraordinary Moment of Prayer in Time of Epidemic (27 March 2020): L’Osservatore Romano, 29 March 2020, p. 10; Message for the 2020 World Day of the Poor (13 June 2020), 6: L’Osservatore Romano, 14 June 2020, p. 8]

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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