July 27, 2012

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Despite challenges, we must proclaim Good News through action, reader says

Thank you for printing Bishop Christopher J. Coyne’s homily during the July 1 Mass celebrated at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis, which many of us were unable to attend.

It was an inspiring masterpiece during the “Fortnight for Freedom,” naming our mission as Church and institutions as being more than healing, educating and helping the poor.

It is proclaiming the Good News through action. We Catholics understand that, but many don’t. Now we are called to defend our right to do what we are called to do.

As we ponder this, we also have to think ahead.

If this religious freedom is denied, will we be willing to close the doors to all these institutions? To “suffer persecution for justice’ sake” (Mt 5:10)?

Think about it. How many jobs would be lost? How many people would be denied care and education? Pretty radical, huh?

This is what Christ meant when he said, “Go out and preach to all nations” (Mt 28:19) and “Come, follow me” (Mt 4:19).

The answer is in Scripture.

Now, we need the courage to be able to accept the repercussions that might lie ahead as we carry out our/his mission—to lead others to him—if our religious freedom is denied.

May God guide us all, and please God, bless America!

- Mary Ann Seufert | Indianapolis

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