As our nation celebrates its Independence this month, the idea and the ideal of freedom again takes center stage. At the intersection of faith and culture, the focus on religious liberty will no doubt grow stronger, not only during this ►Fortnight for Freedom, but in the days and months and years to come.
Freedom, righlty understood and justly exercised, impacts every area of our lives. During these summer months, the Salesian Center is collaborating with the ►PA Shakespeare Festival to highlight this reality, as it impacts our civic environment, with special events focusing on ►the corporate world and on ►the family.
And stay tuned for continuing updates related to our celebration of the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. (Click on the image at the top of this column to see what's happening.)
Happy Independence Day!
Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS
Inspiring Ideas ...
Pope Francis, visiting Turin, June 2015:
“Don Bosco carried out his priestly mission up to his last breath, sustained by an unwavering trust in God and in His love, by which he did great things. This relationship of trust with the Lord is also the substance of consecrated life, so that service to the Gospel and to the brothers may not be a remaining prisoners of our (own) viewpoints, of the passing realities of this world, but (rather) a continual surpassing of ourselves, anchoring ourselves in external realities and immersing ourselves in the Lord, our strength and our hope.”
"A specific priority is the need to examine the predominant values and norms of modern society and culture in a Christian perspective, and the responsibility to try to communicate to society those ethical and religious principles which give full meaning to human life."
- Pope John Paul II
Ex corde Ecclesiae #33