We turn to you, Francis, and we ask you: Teach us to remain before the cross, to let the crucified Christ gaze upon us, to let ourselves be forgiven, and recreated by his love.
Zechariah 8:20-23; Luke 9:51-56
Elijah Call Down Fire – by Bill Osborne
Both readings today speak of "resolution," a decision made with clarity and dedication to the outcome, whatever that outcome may be. Now, one has only to ponder a moment or two to realize how unfashionable resolutions are in our time. We joke about New Year's resolutions every year. We are suspicious of tough-minded, resolute leaders or politicians who don't seem to take into account other ways of seeing reality, don't seem to care about the interconnectedness of life, that "your" resolution might very well mean "my" being ignored or injured. We often suspect that firmness and determination and strictness might mean doing something or being bound, "tied," by something we really don't want.
On 1st October in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda in Rome we celebrated the Pallottine Mission Sunday, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of October. The main theme for this year we chose: “The Pallottine mission on the periphery”. In this way we wanted to present and shed light on the missionary involvement of members of the Pallottine Family in the various part of the world, that often remain unknown.