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Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Date: 
Tue, 07/14/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

On June 16, tragedy struck as 6 Irish exchange students lost their lives
when the balcony of their apartment collapsed under their weight.
It was determined that dry rot was the major cause of the structural failure.
 
On July 5, a young couple with 4 children were packing for their return home from vacation.
They noticed their three year old was missing.
The father found the boy floating in a nearby lake.  The boy was not breathing.
A doctor happened to be within ear-shot, was there within moments,
and helped the father revive the child.  A tragedy was averted, prevented.
 
Events causing great human suffering, destruction and distress occur every day.
Some of them are caused by unpredictable, and sometimes mysterious circumstances.
Others caused by human error, ignorance, indifference, laziness, carelessness, or stupidity.
And still others by stubbornness and evil human intention.
 
Old Testament prophets walked the streets of Sodom and Gomorrah,
of Tyre and Sidon, calling the people to return to the ways of God.
These prophets were often ignored or they experienced ridicule and persecution.
The people did not change their way of living.  Those cities suffered tragedy…a terrible end.
 
Jesus came to bring salvation, freedom, liberation, rescue from the consequences of sin.
Many people of his time, his own neighbors, were unwilling to change their way of living.
Even at the sight of God’s mighty works, they refuse to repent and undergo conversion.
Jesus foresees tragedy. 
The eternal consequences of their failure will be tragic.
On the day of judgment there will be great human suffering and distress,
suffering and distress that could have been prevented and averted.
 
Pope Francis has recently called all Catholics, all the people of the world,
to change their way of living for the sake of the good of our common home, the planet Earth.
Self-destructive vices, reckless and harmful habits of consumption, wasting and discarding, single-minded pursuit of financial gain, global indifference, a refusal to face the issues,
selfish lack of concern, the thoughtless plundering of natural resources…
TRAGEDY,  great human suffering will be our future if these current realities are not replaced with a responsible global consciousness and reasonable restraint.
 
Our faith has something to say regarding motivations and incentives
for an ethical and spiritual response to avert such a tragedy.
Pope Francis calls us to “…..learn how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously.”
 
“Lord, help us to see and believe
that the good of all creation is at the heart of what it means to be human.  Amen!”