As I wondered through the Labour Day Family Picnic held in the west lawns of the legislative building, Sept 1st, 2014, I wasn’t able to detect any kind of Provincial Government’s presence. It would have been heartening had there been one, considering the good will that would have been generated when unionized workers and their families were told of the protection that their government’s watchfulness over the common good had brought them.
In the Christian understanding, suffering can be redemptive and useful, but it is not automatically so. Suffering, misunderstood or poorly endured can be simply destructive.
One of the most painful aspects of the separation of Christians is the fact that we cannot share the Eucharist together. With some exceptions, Catholics cannot receive the Eucharist in non-Catholic Christian churches and non-Catholics Christians cannot receive in Catholic Churches. This is, and should be, painful. It should be painful because it is a reminder that we are not united in faith as we are called to be.
All of us, together with Pope Francis, are following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Iraq, Gaza and Syria. Defenseless populations, including our Christian brothers and sisters, flee from their homes, in urgent need for protection, food, shelter and medical assistance. In solidarity with their sufferings, and in communion with the whole Church, let us, in the words of the Holy Father, “raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace" to the Middle East.