“…who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord…You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.”
This First Reading from today’s Liturgy, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, (Jer. 23) reminds us that God will take care of business. In this we can be sure. Our task is not to punish but to pray for one another and live such as to help shine the light of love and truth to help shepherds and their henchmen in the clergy sexual abuse crisis see the path to conversion and repentance.
We’re all on a salvation journey together. When your sheep cry, bishops, there’s a reason. Read the last line. He is merciful, yes, but “justice” is His name.
Photo: Author’s personal collection—taken in Ireland on a diocesan pilgrimage in 2017 with Bishop Richard Malone for whom we still pray fervently.
Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in corporate marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website, CatholicAPPtitude.org, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.
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