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Friday, March 24, 2017
Cardinal Cormac: at times faith calls us to 'acts of resistance'
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 In an address to students and teachers of the University of Swansea, yesterday, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor rejected the idea that young people are no longer interested in Christianity. The Christian faith had not only been a primary influence in the development of our culture over 2,000 years, it had also been the key to human flourishing. The living tradition of the Church still had an enormous amount of wisdom to offer. "As Christians we need to cultivate a careful and sensitive regard for our culture...It is not from outside or apart from the world that we live as Christians, it is from within. Our culture, our Christianity and our human flourishing are all intimately connected. "Looking at the world through Christian eyes means seeing more than we otherwise might. Seen with eyes of faith the world is deeper and richer. It has added dimensions. It is not limited to what we see around us. It is charged with hidden beauty, truth and meaning which we sometimes see only dimly "as in a glass darkly". But the draw of that truth and meaning becomes irresistible." The Cardinal encouraged his audience to take practical steps to deepen their faith including paying more attention to personal prayer, the reading of Scripture, life in community and pilgrimage. At times our faith calls us, says the Cardinal, to "acts of resistance". "We live as émigrés within. So when our conscience calls us from within the tradition of our faith, from within our love of scripture to say no to one or other of the prevailing mores of our times we have to be true to that calling - we must not be afraid of acts of resistance which speak truth to our world. I think again of Romero. But I also think of the young men and women who put faithful, chaste relationships before casual, cast-away acquaintances. And I think of our elected representatives who put their conscience first, before party allegiance in matters of faith and morals." Source: Archbishops House
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