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.
The year 2016 was filled with events both grand and everyday – the canonization of Mother Teresa, the anniversaries of the archdiocesan Latin America Apostolate and Pan y Amor program, door-to-door evangelization programs, evangelizing through Pokemon Go and stories of Catholics on fire for their faith. The Year of Mercy helped Catholics focus on God's infinite mercy. Our Catholic faith helped us in the sad times, the departures of Bishop Edward M. Rice and the Little Sisters of the Poor and the sudden death of Father Tim Bannes, among others.