Summer has been a busy time at the Shrine with national and international visitors, retreat and conference groups, individual retreatants, pilgrimage groups, wedding and Quincenera celebrations and other special occasions. In August we have 15 groups using either the Stone House for retreats or the Conference Room. The new Cabrini Museum has been well received by visitors and we are thrilled that it has become another piece of the Shrine experience.
Our Spanish liturgies on the first and last Sunday of each month continue to be well attended. The liturgy on the last Sunday is followed by a meal prepared by the Spanish community and our Shrine staff.
Pope Francis’ thoughts on the inclusion of the poor in society taken from
“The Joy of the Gospel”
We are called, on a deep level, to be in solidarity with the poor. Our attitude must change so that we begin to see everything as shared. Our own rights are valid only in so far that we understand that the earth belongs to all humankind, not to a lucky few. All Christians are called to hear the cry of the poor. We know this is enough food for all on earth, yet poor distribution, wastefulness, and corruption prevent everyone from being fed. Beyond food, we also believe everyone should have education, health care, and employment.
We must be deeply moved by the suffering of others. Such empathy will lead us to have mercy on them, even at personal sacrifice to ourselves. This is not terribly complicated. We are called to humble service of each other, to love one another, and to have justice and mercy toward the poor. It’s that simple. In the early Church, authentic faith was determined by how well the poor were treated.