Journey of Faith

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
August 12, 2018 - NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"We have created a ‘throw-away’ culture which is now spreading.”

- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 53.
REJECT THE "THROW-AWAY" CULTURE
How do you measure and value human life?

Pope Francis challenges us to reject and shun the “throw-away” culture, which he describes as “a mentality in which everything has a price, everything can be bought, everything is negotiable. This way of thinking has room only for a select few, while it discards all those who are unproductive.”

In essence, the throw-away culture reduces everything, including people, to mere “things” or “objects” to be bought, used, exploited, sold, and discarded or disposed of when they are no longer deemed profitable, convenient or useful in satisfying one’s desires, such as the unborn, children, the elderly, the infirm, the disabled, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the powerless, and the unwanted. It is a culture “which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” Together with the “culture of relativism,” in which everything and everyone becomes relevant only to the extent that they serve one’s immediate self-centered interests, it is
the same disorder which drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, imposing forced labor on them or enslaving them to pay their debts. The same kind of thinking leads to the sexual exploitation of children and abandonment of the elderly who no longer serve our interests. It is also the mindset of those who say: Let us allow the invisible forces of the market to regulate the economy, and consider their impact on society and nature as collateral damage. In the absence of objective truths or sound principles other than the satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, what limits can be placed on human trafficking, organized crime, the drug trade, commerce in blood diamonds and the fur of endangered species? Is it not the same relativistic logic which justifies buying the organs of the poor for resale or use in experimentation, or eliminating children because they are not what their parents wanted? This same “use and throw-away” logic generates so much waste, because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, no. 123)
The antidote to the throw-away culture is to seek and strive for what is loving, true, good, and beautiful; to acknowledge the gifts of life and of all creation; to rise above our individualism and self-centered interests; to respect the inherent dignity of all humanity and recognize that we are all part of God’s family; to be open to the needs of others, and to reach out in solidarity with them; and to be good stewards of God’s many gifts and talents given to each of us for the common good of all. 
Reflect on Your Experience
What gifts and talents do you have to share with others for the common good?

What can you do to avoid participating in the throw-away culture and the culture of relativism?  
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia

Videos
"Throw-Away Culture and Gift" (Cardinal Tagle)

"Resisting the Throwaway Culture: Pope Francis  Message on Human Life and Dignity" (Georgetown University)

"Resisting the Throwaway Culture: Protecting Human Life and Dignity" (Georgetown University)

"Throw Away Culture"

"Culture of Waste"

"Earth Day 2018: Beyond A Throwaway Culture"

Music
"For All He's Done"

"Here" (Kari Jobe)


"Never Forsaken" (Hillsong Worship)
Other Resources
Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") - Pope Francis

Laudato si' ("On Care for Our Common Home") - Pope Francis

"Opposing the Throwaway Culture" (USCCB)

"Pope Francis Guide to Avoiding a 'Throwaway Culture'"

"Pope Francis says 'Throwaway Culture' Harms Environment and Human Life"

"Hunger in a Throwaway Culture"

"Pope Francis on Responding to the Throwaway Culture with Mercy"

"Caring for Our Common Home" (USCCB)

"Care for Creation" (USCCB)

"How to Build a Culture of Life" (USCCB)

"Five Ways to Fight the Throwaway Culture"

"Cultivating Practices of Life in a Throwaway Culture"

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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