Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost: "they were all in one place together." The Holy Spirit is a gift to the family of the Church through the prayer of the Church

Individualism is a clear and present danger for individuals.

We were made for community, to be with others, because we were made for the love that only others can give us. The trend of cutting oneself off from others through misuse of PDAs, phones, MP3 players and the great assortment of other electronic gadgets has become widespread. Thoughtless use of these devices during conversations hampers communication and sometimes offends those we love.

Also, the sinful and dangerous behavior of sending explicit images over the internet, because of a lack of perspective which is a symptom of dependence on these items for satisfying emotional needs, has destroyed careers and threatened marriages. This is another kind of individualism which objectifies others through the immersion in the fantasy world of pornography. It is a grave offense against chastity because it perverts the marital act and uses individuals as objects not for love but for base gratification. (CCC 2354)

So what are we to do?

For the full text of the homily for the Solemnity of Pentecost visit Meeting Christ in the Liturgy by clicking here.

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