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WALKING STEADFASTLY IN LOVE

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by Gerry McCarthy

On the second Sunday of Lent, I attended noon Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto. The boy’s choir sang Agnus Dei: From Mass X Gregorian and Missa sine Nomine - Palestina. The sweet sounds were spiritually moving.

     But as I listened to the choir, I couldn’t help think how easily we can immerse ourselves in the trappings of religion. Music and rituals are important, but what do they mean if we don’t have social justice at the center of our Church?

     Prayer, sacrament, and community must move us toward what liberation theologians call "the preferential option for the poor." That means resisting the culture of greed and bitter rivalry.

     Lent is a journey with Christ toward a deeper understanding of our faith. It reminds us that God is present when we’re afraid and tempted by sin. Opening our hearts to Christ’s love pushes away fear while we seek reconciliation and peace.

     But we grow weary. Our social justice efforts seem small. Alice Walker writes about this problem in her
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