What kills me with feels in this photos isn’t the fact that the Pope is embracing this disabled child. It it the multitude of hands that are supporting him. This is very much in line with the story of Jesus healing the paralytic. His friends risked climing that roof to lower him in front of Our Lord. It was their faith that this man called Jesus that would heal their suffering friend that allowed him to be healed in the first place. Though Pope Francis doen’t have the power to heal this boy through Christ he does have power to heal hearts. How many of people these hands belong to have been strengthened in their own faith and, how many of the people who witnessed this have been healed as well?
Seeing this picture of Dominic, the son of a college professor I went on a mission to Haiti with, all over the internet today makes me so insanely happy.
I agree with you!
- Believing that anyone has more rights to a woman’s womb than she does is evil.
- Believing that someone is “inferior” or “unholy” because of whom they love is evil.
- Jesus promoted love and acceptance.
- Catholic views and morals belong to the past.
But I think we can agree on even more… Take for example our premise that the unborn child is a person. So if you’ve got a tiny daughter-person dwelling in a woman’s womb, the woman can have rights over her womb, but not over her daughter’s life. It’s vaguely like someone who says that, by virtue of private property, he can burn down his shed whenever he likes; but if a bedridden handicapped person happens to be in it at the time, the law won’t be indifferent to that. I don’t think we’re disagreeing about rights over a woman’s womb, but about whether the daughter there is a person or not. Isn’t that the real disagreement? Maybe if we phrase it that way, we can get somewhere better.
If we were to call someone “inferior,” we would fault against Matthew 23:9, and if we were to call anyone “unholy,” we would fault against Matthew 7:1. And most especially it’s prohibited in our Catechism: “Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard [homosexual persons] should be avoided.” Personally I’ve never called anybody “inferior” or “unholy” (at least as far as I can remember), which would be rather absurd for anyone whose life is dedicated to trying to build others up and get them to heaven.
So I wonder what exactly you’re thinking of when you say that we’re guilty of discrimination. I know it’s what you hear about all the time from everywhere, so it’s not your fault for thinking so.
But yes, our views are from the past. And I believe — that’s what this blog is all about — that our views are for the present and the future too, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), so either we’re just as wrong as we were yesterday as we’ll be tomorrow, or we were right then and we’ll be right forever.
But be that as it may… let’s love and accept everyone together, you and I. Sound good?
God bless you!
- Father Shane
‘One reason Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney Princess movie is because she seems to spend several weeks with the Beast and they gradually fall in love, which is more realistic than the other movies where it happens almost instantly’