Last week I introduced you to a song about Reconciliation. This week, as we celebrate Frédéric Ozanam, I invite you to enjoy the reflections of Luis Fernando Figari in his article, “Frederic Ozanam: Apostle of Charity and Reconciliation.”
Written in 1997, yet still timely, Figari says,
On the eve of the Third Millennium of the faith, the great apostle of charity and reconciliation during the nineteenth century would be recognized by the Church as one who lived the Christian virtues in an heroic way and therefore is held up before our eyes as a symbol of integrity in living the Christian life in a world submerged in secularism, functional agnosticism and so many other ideologies that separate individuals from God and from one another. When the time came for John Paul II to proclaim that Frederic Ozanam would be beatified, the world was able to contemplate the image of a forward looking follower of the Lord who embraced the very necessary tasks of the New Evangelization.
Frédéric Ozanam, whom we celebrate this week, sought to heal the wounds that structural poverty had wrought.