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93. Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. For believers, this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator, since God created the world for everyone. Hence every ecological approach needs to incorporate a social perspective which takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged. The principle of the subordination of private property to the universal destination of goods, and thus the right of everyone to their use, is a golden rule of social conduct and "the first principle of the whole ethical and social order" (Laborem Exercens). The Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social purpose of all forms of private property. St. John Paul II forcefully reaffirmed this teaching, stating that "God gave the earth to the whole human race for the sustenance of all its members, without excluding or favouring anyone" (Centesimus Annus). These are strong words. He noted that "a type of development which did not respect and promote human rights – personal and social, economic and political, including the rights of nations and of peoples – would not be really worthy of man" (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis). He clearly explained that "the Church does indeed defend the legitimate right to private property, but she also teaches no less clearly that there is always a social mortgage on all private property, in order that goods may serve the general purpose that God gave them." Consequently, he maintained, "it is not in accord with God's plan that this gift be used in such a way that its benefits favor only a few." This calls into serious question the unjust habits of a part of humanity. (World Day of Peace 1990)
Source : Laudato Si'
Dear parishioners of St. Andrew,
On Holy Thursday, we commemorated that Our Lord established the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood at the Last Supper. The priesthood and the Eucharist are inseparable. There is no Eucharist without the priest and there is no Church without the Eucharist. During this Year of the Mass at St. Andrew, we are reminded of the centrality of the Mass in our identity, mission and purpose as a parish. We also seek personal spiritual renewal as we devote ourselves individually, as couples and as families to a full, active and conscious participation in the celebration of every Mass.
As the Second Vatican Council taught, all the baptized share in the priestly ministry of Jesus as they offer spiritual sacrifices to the Lord. At the same time, the Council also affirmed the Church’s teaching that Jesus Christ established the ministerial (or ordained) priesthood to continue his work of salvation among us. When the priest baptizes, absolves sins in confession, anoints the sick or offers the Mass, it is Christ who is working in the Church and through the ordained priest. Traditionally, the priest is known as “another Christ” (in Latin alter Christus) to emphasize that his exercise of the sacred ministry is not his own, but the salvific action of Jesus Christ, the High Priest and Savior of the world.
On Saturday, Archbishop Wenski ordained nine priests for service in the Archdiocese of Miami. This is a cause for great rejoicing for all of us. It is an answer to prayer and the result of the generous giving of self by these nine men for a lifetime of service as priests in the Archdiocese of Miami. The further good news is that there are approximately 55 other seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Miami. God is blessing us with vocations and for that we give Him thanks. I ask your prayers for the nine new priests of the Archdiocese of Miami, for all our seminarians (including YonhatanLondoño who is serving in our parish) and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood.
I am confident that the Good Shepherd is calling young men from St. Andrew Parish and from your family to become priests. I hope that the young men of the parish will remain open to this call from the Lord and that our parents will support their sons, should they express an interest in pursuing the priesthood.
As it happens, this year’s ordination was held on the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. I believe that this is not mere coincidence, but rather, the providence of Almighty God. The Blessed Virgin Mary is a model for all Christian disciples. This is especially true for priests. I know that Our Lady of Fatima will bring our prayerful petitions to her Divine Son so that many will answer the invitation to serve Him and the Church as priests.
May the prayers of Mary, Queen of the Clergy, assist all priests and seminarians and may we, the priestly people of God, offer spiritual sacrifices to the Lord at Mass in support of our priests and in prayerful supplication for an increase of priestly vocations.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your families with His love!
Msgr. Michael A. Souckar
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