Mon, May 23, 2022

Jn 15, 26 - 16, 4a

When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.

And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour 1 is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.


Are there professions or particular sorts of social involvement that are incompatible with our faith?

Yes, there are fields of activity and professions that clearly contradict Christian anthropology and the Church’s minimum ethical standards. In following Christ, Christians must be willing to accept occupational disadvantages as part of the bargain, even when they are under great economic pressure. It is impossible to be a Christian and at the same time to work in an abortion or euthanasia facility. Prostitution, pimping, the production and distribution of pornography are just as definitely forbidden as indirect or direct participation in the drug trade, human trafficking, and other harmful, oppressive, and degrading practices. In banks and in the finance sector, Christians are pressured more and more often to sell bad products to their customers. Journalists must decide in conscience how far they can go along with certain practices in the popular media without losing their identity as Christians. Belonging to Jesus means: no professional, financial, economic, or political collaboration with criminal organizations (Mafia, ’Ndrangheta, etc.), governmental systems of injustice, or businesses that destroy the environment, violate human dignity (subliving wages, sickening workplace conditions, child labor), harass and persecute the Church, manufacture weapons of mass destruction, or ruthlessly pursue profits with no care about social consequences.
A witness is one who directly proves the truth of the teaching which he proclaims — partly by holding truth and bliss in his person, and partly by immediately offering himself and saying, "See now if you can compel me to deny this teaching."
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
(1813-1855, Danish philosopher, theologian and writer)

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