Friday, December 14, 2012

Social Concerns Column for Sunday, December 16, 2012

US Bishops Speak on the Sacraments and Social Mission  

The Bishops' documents below reflect on the richness of the sacraments and our call to "go forth to love and serve the Lord" in our world.  These short documents very readable and excellent for personal devotions.

Baptism: Incorporated into Christ's Body, Sent on Christ's Mission.  Baptism calls us to reject death and embrace life and dignity for all.

Eucharist and Social Mission: Body of Christ, Broken for the World. Contemplating Christ’s sacrifice for the world in need, we are sent forth to follow his example.

The Eucharistic Liturgy: Formed, Transformed, and Sent.   Our communion in the Eucharist leads to our determination to transform unjust structures and to restore respect for all men and women who are created in God's image and likeness.

Confirmation: Strengthened by the Spirit, Called to Action.  Anointed by the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, Christians become better equipped to carry out the Church’s mission of love and service.

Marriage: United in Love, Strengthened for Service.  By giving of themselves and serving one another, their family and community, Christian spouses help one another live out Christ’s call to discipleship, love and service.

Holy Orders: Ordained to Serve, Gather, Transform and Send.  Priests are called to “preach good news to the poor” (Lk. 4:18). Deacons imitate Christ in his ministry of service and charity to the poor and needy in the community.

Penance: Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore.  Healed and forgiven, we are sent to work for peace, justice and love in our communities and world.

Anointing of the Sick: Joined to Christ, Witnesses of Hope and Healing.  Christ’s followers share his ministry of compassion and healing and imitate his preferential love for the sick and all who suffer.

Read these documents in English or Spanish on the Prayer and Worship website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at:

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