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The United States Supreme Court kicked off is term today. However yesterday a good many Justices attended the Red Mass in Washington D.C. The Archbishop of the Military Services, Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., S.T.B gave the Homily.
Rocco Palmo has an excellent post giving the background of this even as well as the full text of the Archbishop's homily. There was nothing "controversiall " at first glance in this homily which also get more noticed during an election year such as this Also needless to say the Church has a few matters before the Federal Courts across this nation as to the the HHS mandate so I am sure it was watched closely.
This part at the end struck me though as being something I wanted to excerpt :
.............I am reminded of my first year as a seminarian in Rome. An important 19th Century Justice Department building was closed because it was unsafe. It seemed to be sinking into the ground. Yet the Colosseum, Pantheon, and the ruins of the Roman Forum were all still standing and could be visited. It was a good reminder that not everything contemporary is good and that stable foundations are essential. Our society must also rest on stable, clear foundations. Otherwise, we run the risk of sinking into the mire of one popular sound byte after another!
Last January the Holy Father recalled for the Bishops of this region that consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good and the conditions for human flourishing are at the heart of every culture. “In America, that consensus, as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, was grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature’s God.”
Cronin’s nurse knew that, as well. She recognized that the ultimate value was the eternal judgment rendered by Almighty God. “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”