Pope Francis meeting House Speaker John Boehner
“I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”
“These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society.”
Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
"The Pope is a good man and the leader of my church. While I will not be attending the Pope's address to Congress in person, I will still listen to what he has to say, whether on television or by reading the transcript of his speech. But we know for a fact, through members of the Pope’s advisory council, that His Holiness will spend a significant amount of his speech advocating for climate change policies. I am by no means attempting to tell the Pope what he can and can’t speak about. What I am doing is using my feet to voice my disappointment in the Pope’s decision to prioritize climate change over speaking out against religious intolerance happening across the world. This is a missed opportunity by one of the world’s greatest leaders at a pivotal moment to help save lives NOW, Christian and non-Christian alike, not to advocate for liberal politics. I believe in my heart that I have a duty to bring awareness to this issue and take a stand for what I know is right."
Remember when Boehner got a little teary-eyed during the pope's speech? Well, he was full-on weeping as the pope addressed the masses from the Speaker's Balcony.
This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that “this nation, under God, [might] have a new birth of freedom.” Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his “dream” of full civil and political rights for African Americans. That dream continues to inspire us all. I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of “dreams.” Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.
Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.
Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.