Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Today is the Patron Feast of Chile where the people have such great devotion to Our Lady. It made me go back to Chapter Two in Christus Vivit where Pope Francis is speaking of Mary shining forth in the heart of the Church. He says: "She is the supreme model for a youthful Church that seeks to follow Christ with enthusiasm and docility. While still very young, she accepted the message of the angel, yet she was not afraid to ask questions. With open heart and soul, she replied, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord'."
I also have been thinking of what the youth today are going through and I copied this for our reflection and perhaps we should be asking Mary's help for the many youth who are suffering.
Today, according to the Synod, many young people live in war zones and experience violence in countless different forms: kidnapping, extortion, organized crime, human trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation, wartime rape, and many other kinds of evil. Other young people suffer from marginalization and social exclusion for religious, ethnic, or economic reasons.
What am I called to do about this?