Fr. Carl Chudy, SX
In these days several important international events are converging together with a common thread of wisdom for our hyper-differentiated world we live in, where the more diverse we become, the more divided we become.
Three Roads, One Path
Recently, at the end of the International Eucharist Congress Pope Francis provided a video message
for the members of that illustrious gathering. Pope Francis urged Catholics in Asia to commit to “respectful dialogue” with followers of other religions. “This prophetic witness most often takes place, as we know, through the dialogue of life,” Pope Francis told more than 1 million people, including some 12,500 delegates from 73 countries, who attended the week-long international gathering. Through the “testimony of lives transformed by God’s love,” Catholics best proclaim the promise of “reconciliation, justice and unity for the human family,” he said. “We are called to bring the bond of God’s merciful love to the whole humanity,” said Pope Francis, adding that every Catholic is called to bring the good news of Christ’s “redemptive love to a world in such need of reconciliation, justice and peace.”
The Lenten Invitation
Here’s what you can do:
- One interaction has the power to change a life, an opinion, or a worldview. Share a personal story about how an interaction with someone of a different religious or philosophical background changed your life, thinking, or action in a positive way.
- The world has problems and interfaith can be a solution. Share your examples of how different traditions can work together to solve our most urgent problems.
- No matter where you are, we promise that someone near you doesn’t feel like they can be their whole self because of their religious identity. Stand with them and share your message of support.
- The voices of intolerance might be loud right now, but messages of positive change have real power to inspire others towards solutions. That’s a big deal. We’re asking you to get involved. You (yeah, YOU) have the power to stand against intolerance. You can help #ChangeTheStory.