Part two of four on Almsgiving…a reflection on a full article by Ozanam, which is among Frederic’s most outstanding.
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Articles for Frederic Ozanam
Over the next four weeks we are going to reflect on a full article by Ozanam, which is among Frederic’s most outstanding. On Almsgiving, Part 1.
The petrine ministry was never simple and the same could be said today. Let us esteem the ministry of those pontiffs who in the midst of complex times raised their voice and spoke clearly and fearlessly.
Frederic called upon young people to do whatever was in their power in order to alleviate social needs and to try to do good to some people.
What is progress for Frederic? To build a better world for all, with effort and sacrifice. It is not a great program for a politician, but it is the only possible program for a Christian.
Ozanam says, This [social] order rests on two virtues, justice and charity, Love and charity: are they the same? How do we try to promote justice?
If we had to summarize our mission and our priorities as followers of Vincent, Louise, Frederic, etc … in a few items, what would these be?
Are you a Christian “from time to time” (maybe only at the Church, your group, community), or do you live your faith in all fields of your life?
On September 24th, the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, the local phase (where a local diocese directs the process) of the inquiry on the alleged miracle ascribed to Bl. Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam was concluded after conducting a thorough 11-month investigation.
What holds me back from doing what I can? Do I pray that we live this heritage today?
It has been written of Frederic Ozanam: “While innovators wore themselves out with theories for changing the world, these young men set about climbing up to the floors where the misery of the poor hid.”
The juxtaposition of Labor Day (9/7) and the feast of Blessed Frederic (9/8) can give us much to pray about.