On-Going Instruction in the Principles of Christianity
THE BEST HOMAGE TO MARY: LOVING GOD AND NEIGHBOR
(From Pope St. Paul VI's "Message to the Mexican People", 1970)
Christians can do no less than to show solidarity in seeking a solution to the situation of those to whom the bread of culture has not yet come nor the opportunity of honorable and justly remunerated work. They cannot remain indifferent while new generations find no path for the realization of their legitimate aspirations, and while part of humanity continues to be placed at the margins of the advantages of civilization and progress.
For this reason, on this celebrated feast [Our Lady of Guadalupe], We urge you from Our heart to give your Christian life a clear social sense—as the [Second Vatican] Council has asked—that you may always be in the front line in all efforts to attain progress, and in all the initiatives for improving the situation of those who suffer want. See in each person a brother or sister—a brother or sister in Christ—in such a way that the love of God and the love of neighbor become united in the same love, alive and operative, which is the only thing that can redeem the miseries of the world, renewing it in its most profound root, the human heart.
(Pope Saint Paul VI, reigned 1964-1978)
Raised to the Altars October 14th, 2018