We must introduce the natural world into our liturgies. Many elements of the natural world could be introduced into the Preface of the Sunday Eucharist. Other liturgies could follow suit.
Father Vincenzo Bordo, a missionary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), put on the apron 30 years ago and is now known in South Korea and beyond as “God’s chef.”
Even in our more globalized world, extreme individualism and nationalism have divided and worsened conflicts. To achieve peace, we must learn to be more open to other ideas and let ideals dialogue.
Weak cultures have survived when related communities have had a strong sense of uniqueness about their identity during their history. Cultural minorities are now making their voices heard.
Genuine forms of nationalism or legitimate claims of community rights do not cause wars and conflicts. They are caused by the exaggerations of conceited leaders who use people’s nationalistic fervor for their own interest.
It is estimated that there are 175 million migrants at the global level. Among them, 26 million are young. Many of these young people remain unemployed, while those employed are exploited. There should be ways of offering them social, psychological, and spiritual assistance.
Rising inequality prepares the ground for violence. Pope Francis is the first to admit that “inequality eventually engenders violence.”
The first generation of leaders in democratic nations laid down healthy democratic traditions for the benefit of all. But today, democratic leadership is in the hands of self-interested power-seekers, leaving many citizens disappointed. To ensure a better future for everyone, we need good governance.
Throughout history, Christians have been always spreading the Good News as widely as possible through print, radio, and TV. With the increase in internet accessibility, they are now invited to become digital missionaries, bringing the Gospel to a wider audience online.
Individuals, communities and nations keep holding on to memories of the injuries they received in the past. There is an urgent need of healing historic memories in order to take hurt feelings and bring into existence a less destructive world.