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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
August 20th, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

In response to the violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia last week the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued the following statement:

"As we learn more about the horrible events in Charlottesville, our prayer turns to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country.

We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."

Our readings today remind us that our God loves and is concerned about all people, and that we are a church composed of people from all across the world. There is no room in a true Christian spirituality for a “me first” or “my country first” approach to life. In recent years we have seen a growing number of people who want to turn inward and away from the needs of others. Fear leads us to try to exclude anyone who is different — in race, country of origin, sexual orientation, language or culture. Fear makes us turn inward and leads us to irrational decisions.

Perhaps saddest is the fact that fear makes us see others as threats rather than as brothers and sisters, children of God whom God loves. The impulse to divide and separate people does not come from God.

Nelson Mandela said it best: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Let us join with all people of goodwill in rejecting hatred, repudiating violence, and recognizing that we are all God’s children. Through our words and actions, let us teach others to love, and work for unity and peace among the entire human family.

In Christ,
 

Pastor

 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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