Brothers and Sisters All: Studying Pope Francis’ Call to Hope (Tuesday)

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    Addressed to “all people of goodwill,” Pope Francis’ latest encyclical letter boldly calls for discovering “a love that transcends the barriers of geography and distance, and declares blessed all” those who love the human family.

    Francis begins his letter with an incisive examination of the ills that plague society — greed, inequality, racism, religious violence — “these dark clouds … may not be ignored,” he writes, and then “take[s] up and discuss[es] the many new paths of hope.”

    Join the Precious Blood Renewal Center team for four sessions studying Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship.

    Fr. Ron Will, CPPS, will lead the discussions on four consecutive Tuesday evenings with prayer and reflection. (If you prefer a Saturday morning meeting, follow this link.) In the spirit of the letter, these discussions are open to all people of goodwill.

    • March 2, 7-8:30 p.m. central time
    • March 9, 7-8:30 p.m. central time
    • March 16, 7-8:30 p.m. central time
    • March 23, 7-8:30 p.m. central time

    The letter was issued Oct. 4, 2020, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and much of it was written when Italy was on lockdown because of the COVID pandemic.

    One commentator calls Fratelli Tutti a “powerful ‘cry from the heart’ to all people of the earth to see beyond their differences — indeed to work with their differences — and begin to grow together to build a new and peaceful world.”

    Others have called Fratelli Tutti “a radical challenge” and “a blueprint for a world after coronavirus.”

    “The signs of the times clearly show that human fraternity and care of creation form the sole way towards integral development and peace.”

    — Pope Francis

    Oct. 4, 2020

    There is no charge for the discussions, but you will need to purchase a study guide. After you register, you will receive information on how to make that purchase. If you cannot afford or need help purchasing the guide, please contact the Renewal Center (info@pbrenewalcenter.og).