From the Word of the Day
For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.* (Galatians 5: 6)
One of the most absurd slaveries we submit to, often without anyone effectively stopping us, is that of religious practices. We can never repeat enough that religion is not faith. We build religion with rites, words, signs that if they not connected honestly and freely with faith, are idolatry.
Faith instead, is a gift. It is the condition built by God for us to meet Him. It is a place within us where we can know Him. It is the burning bush of every life. Faith can do nothing with religious practices because they can neither express it nor increase it. Faith is confirmed and grows in charity, in the availability to go out of ourselves to meet God, and in Him and beyond Him, every person, our neighbor.
Lord, charity that speaks of our faith is expressed today with actions of acceptance and benevolence, with words of tolerance, patience, of building up.
The voice of Pope Benedict XVI
What distinguishes us as Christians is faith that is operative in charity. Each of you is called to give their contribution so that the love with which we have always been and forever loved by God may become operative in our life, the strength of service and awareness of responsibility.