Digital artist Sr. Ellen LaCapria, D.C. offers a visual aid to enter into contemplation about ambiguity. This image arose from her reflection on #75 in Pope Francis’ Gospel of Joy and is the fifth installment of her weekly artistic variations on her community seal.
“As we draw closer to the celebration of Easter and the intentional renewal of our Baptismal Promises, let us surround in love and support all those who are preparing to come into the Church during this sacred season. Let us be strength for each other for the journey that awaits, knowing that in solidarity with God and the Communion of Saints all things are possible.
The swath of blue flowing down the center of the image reflects the healing waters of baptism and God’s overall unconditional love upon a people searching for acceptance and a desire to be an instrument of love and a recipient of that same affection.
75. We cannot ignore the fact that in cities human trafficking, the narcotics trade, the abuse and exploitation of minors, the abandonment of the elderly and infirm, and various forms of corruption and criminal activity take place. At the same time, what could be significant places of encounter and solidarity often become places of isolation and mutual distrust. Houses and neighborhoods are more often built to isolate and protect than to connect and integrate. The proclamation of the Gospel will be a basis for restoring the dignity of human life in these contexts, for Jesus desires to pour out an abundance of life upon our cities (cf. Jn 10:10). The unified and complete sense of human life that the Gospel proposes is the best remedy for the ills of our cities, even though we have to realize that a uniform and rigid program of evangelization is not suited to this complex reality. But to live our human life to the fullest and to meet every challenge as a leaven of Gospel witness in every culture and in every city will make us better Christians and bear fruit in our cities. 1. Healing is needed…so let us not run away from the world but embrace the world in order to help heal the world. Through prayer, fasting and good works the kingdom will come on earth.
1. APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL IN TODAY’S WORLD