Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Building Faithful Citizenship

Building Faithful Citizenship is a brief, weekly bulletin reflection on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Document, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship."

For Sunday Bulletins on April 13
“I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10) At the heart of the message on this Good Shepherd Sunday, Jesus promotes a fuller life for all people. Our challenge is to hear Christ’s voice and follow it in order to embrace that life.

In “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” The US Bishops remind us that this goal of abundant life is very similar to a founding principle of our country: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (#2) When we follow our conscience and work to be citizens of faith, we are obligated to be people who promote an abundant life for all God’s people.

Reflection: What does an “abundant life” look like? Is it something other than material wealth? What blocks our society from promoting a fuller life for all? What can I do now to promote this fuller life for all?