Weekly Reflection

“When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly.” (Pope Francis)

The Christian life is a journey with the cross, of the cross and in the cross of Christ. We have to embrace it freely with love as part of our identity. We identify with the cross through self-abnegation, suffering, illness and sickness, setbacks and challenges, obstacles and failures. Life without the cross is life without Christ. Jesus says: “If anyone is willing to come after Me: let him deny himself and take up his cross every day, and follow me” (Luke 9: 23).

"It is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and a disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and a higher association what lesser and subordinate organisations can do." ... Pope Pius XI

The Principle of Subsidiary as expressed by the Holy Father in 1931 is still the missing ingredient in our modern day organisations, corporate bodies, politics and even in the Church. When power is concentrated at the centre, when the boss thinks he is the only one with the right thinking brains, when the executive arm prefers commands and orders to dialogue, when the Church leaders believe that Church mistake privilege for a right; they all fail to recognise the gifts of others and worse more they devalue and render redundant those innate abilities that the others possess.

"When you judge someone you have no time to love him"... St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Our responses to others are largely determined by how we feel about them; what we think about them and what we claim to know about them. Sometimes too we relate with others based on what we have heard about them from others. If we rely on these to form our parameters of relationship, we may end up living on prejudices and stereotypes of others. These shot the doors of our heart from getting to know the real person. They blind us from realising the positives in the other; they prevent us from unveiling the values in them.