Offering up our sufferings for our brothers and sisters

On the feast of St. Francis, Pope Francis issued a new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, calling for the building up of the one human family. “We were created for a fulfilment that can only be found in love,” the pope wrote. “We cannot be indifferent to suffering; we cannot allow anyone to go through life as an outcast.”

In times of suffering, God’s love strengthens us

When I was a high school freshman, most Saturday nights, you’d find me at some all-ages club or coffee house watching The Violet Burning. The goth band wore all black clothes and spiked their dyed hair into trapezoidal formations. My friends and I would barely dance, more like sway lethargically in the darkened venue, lit only with purple mood lighting.

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