I'm at SeaTac, waiting for our 6 a.m. flight to Newark, and wondering what God might have in store for us this week in Philadelphia. What exactly will the World Meeting of Families be like? I'm not sure, but I know that Pope Francis, at least, thinks it's an extremely important event.
In his Wednesday audience last week, the pope said that the World Meeting of Families, along with October's Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome, is "of world-wide significance, corresponding to the universal dimension of Christianity as well as the universal scope of what is fundamental and irreplaceable in the human community, namely, the family."
"The current transition in civilization seems to be marked by the long-lasting effects of a society governed by economic technocracy," he continued. "This subordination of ethics to the logic of profit commands substantial resources and the widespread support of the media. In this context, a new covenant between man and woman has become not only necessary, but crucial for emancipating humanity from the colonization of money. This covenant should once again guide politics, the economy and civil coexistence! It decides the habitability of the earth, the transmission of love for life, the bonds of memory and hope."
That's weighty stuff. Hopefully this week will help us move in the right direction.
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