Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tim Rohr: ..."Aren't we called to Love our Neighbors?"

...We aren't as kind, as generous, or as loving as we should be. We sense that things shouldn't be this way or that way.
As Christians, we are called to be in the world. Jesus last prayer for us, is that we would not be taken out of the world, but rather, we would be protected while in the world from the evil one (John 17:15).

I want to love my neighbor, but it seems that at times, loving my neighbor may impact my pursuit of holiness.
Well, the issue is how we as christians live in a world and interact with those who do not share our beliefs or views, even within the Catholic Church. Do we retreat, form safe enclaves and ask to be left alone? Or do we go out into the world, associate with those who are different than us and be uncomfortable? Can we really do that?

If, in our love of God, we fail to love and serve our neighbor's, then maybe, we are misunderstanding what it means to love God. I really wonder, if by retiring the Archbishop, if it would really change the hearts of the island's catholic community?

Published on Aug 7, 2014

Local blogger Tim Rohr spoke before island Rotarians. Rohr writes Jungle Watch, a blog that covers issues involving the island's Catholic community. Even prior to the removal of Monsignor James Benavente Rohr has been highly critical of Archbishop Anthony Apuron for his controversial removal of Father Paul Gofigan last year from the Santa Barbara Church. Rohr said, "My only hope is that the archbishop for his own health resigns ASAP."

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