Ticket revenue, parking, concessions, souvenirs and naming rights ... these are terms associated with professional sports franchises.
Such revenue streams fund games that entertain us. Games and entertainment are ancillary aspects of life far beyond universal needs such food, clothing and roofs over our heads. In other words, foreign concepts to the poor and downtrodden, people striving to survive day-by-day.
The celebrations of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday are opportunities to meditate on the many blessings God has given us. The hope of the Resurrection and the manifestation of God's infinite mercy provide each of us with strength to deal with and overcome difficulties we face.
Jesus' glorious resurrection from the dead at first sparked hope and courage in only a few disciples. But that spark has since been fanned into a vigorous strength because Christ is alive in all of us. He is the world's only Savior. He continues to stand over all human history. He makes our history salvation history.
In a new pastoral reflection, the U.S. bishops are once again calling on Catholics "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."
The document, "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," was released March 22 by the bishops' Administrative Committee. The document, they said, was done "in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands."
When our nation's political and cultural divisions strain goodwill and basic charity toward others, it may be helpful to turn our attention to an institution that considers politics and social issues as important, yet secondary concerns.
Yes, the Catholic Church regularly takes stands on contentious moral issues, but she does so from motivations that transcend politics. Any position she takes flows from prior fundamental beliefs about the nature of reality, the goodness of creation, the dignity of humanity, the reality of free will, sin, forgiveness and life everlasting.