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Rev. Edward J. Holterhoff, Pastor
Deacon Clark Rutledge, sfo
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
EXPRESSIONS by Father Ed
Leadership is a unique but often mis-defined attribute. It is not synonymous with power or authority. Some persons in important positions act more like technocrats or policy wonks and, even worse, bullies or tyrants. Despite all their titles, perks, uniforms and robes, they are not leaders. Furthermore, many of these persons take advantage of their roles, using them for their own success and promotion and not to the service of others. Political candidates, for instance, often are more concerned with winning and getting re-elected, following rather than leading, thus missing an opportunity to make a valuable contribution and real difference.
True leaders, however, are visionary and focus on issues with insight and wisdom, even at times challenging or contradicting established beliefs or justifications. We need more such leaders to deal with the seemingly intractable issues that our country and world face nowadays. Next time, for instance, 26, 40, 80 people are gunned down in a church, school, movie cinema, concert, or other community gathering place, we need an honest dialogue that is not just reflexively pro Second Amendment. At some point, the United States must begin to recognize that we have a problem with guns and violence that other Western nations do not. Easy access to guns and weapons is an obvious cause that no longer can be denied. Leaders work to solve issues, even if imperfectly, and don’t deflect them with truisms.
Religion also needs leaders who are willing to emphasize a pastoral rather than a dogmatic agenda. Pope Francis represents this kind of leader. He is people-oriented in an authentic, not just some photo-op, way. The problems of people and the wider world inform his priorities and direct his agenda. This was, of course, the same for Jesus who dismissed legalistic concerns as too trite to determine religious faithfulness. Pope Francis chooses to make values, such as mercy, hospitality and, of course, love, the themes of his papacy, bringing the Church back to the original basics. This is disconcerting to those who prefer law and doctrine as the chief arbiters of Catholic practice. Some of these dissonants have fiercely maligned this pope, mistakenly thinking that their truths outweigh love. This may be painful to the pope in private but he never shows it in public — another sign of a true leader. Pope Francis always strives to unite, never divide, and accordingly practices forgiveness and patience even to those who wish to undermine him. It is a tactic other leaders would do well to learn. A further sign of his openness and tolerance is his practice of seeking advice. In the spirit of Vatican II, he polled all the faithful, not just the bishops and theologians, asking for their input on the issues that affect their lives. He believes in collegiality and cooperation, inviting everyone to share in the responsibilities of the ministry of the Church. There is no pre-determined agenda, except the Gospel.
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WEEKLY MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, November 11, 5:30PM
+ Souls in Purgatory by Iva & Joe
Sunday, November 12, 8:30AM
by Tina McCaffrey & Heather Vesterfelt
Sunday, November 12, 10:30AM
+ Ed & Bernice Smith
Monday, November 13, 8:00AM
Tuesday, November 14, 8:00AM
+ Richard Lyons by Family
Wednesday, November 15, 8:00AM
+ Al & Lorene Steinman
Thursday, November 16, 8:00AM
+ Faye Di Renzi
by the Martin Family
Friday, November 17, 8:00AM
+ Richard Lyons by Sister Moira
Saturday, November 18, 8:00AM
+ Dorothy Jorgensen
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