Fratelli Tutti 278: Christian Catholicity

278. Called to take root in every place, the Church has been present for centuries throughout the world, for that is what it means to be “catholic”.

Or universal.

She can thus understand, from her own experience of grace and sin, the beauty of the invitation to universal love. Indeed, “all things human are our concern… wherever the councils of nations come together to establish the rights and duties of (people), we are honored to be permitted to take our place among them”.[Saint Paul VI,  Ecclesiam Suam (6 August 1964): AAS 56 (1964), 650]

This is a good orientation: gratitude for being included in the family of families. 

We acknowledge the Blessed Virgin. Her role is part of the Paschal Mystery, an interlude and a caretaking directed during the Passion:

For many Christians, this journey of fraternity also has a Mother, whose name is Mary. Having received this universal motherhood at the foot of the cross (cf. Jn 19:26), she cares not only for Jesus but also for “the rest of her children” (cf. Rev 12:17). In the power of the risen Lord, she wants to give birth to a new world, where all of us are brothers and sisters, where there is room for all those whom our societies discard, where justice and peace are resplendent.

As she expressed and we sing in the Magnificat. (Cf. Luke 1:46-55)

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