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25/09/2014
by Sandie Cornish
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Church without Frontiers

"The Church without frontiers spread throughout the world a culture of acceptance and solidarity, in which no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable." Pope Francis, Message for World Day of Migrants & Refugees, 2015. When allowing or not allowing people to cross the frontiers into our countries, or to enter our cultures, communities, or personal lives, do we effectively judge some people to be useless, out of place or disposable?

People are not things to be used. Everyone has a place in the human family that cannot be filled by anyone else.

Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Migrants & Refugees 2015 is titled Church Without Frontiers, Mother to All. It challenges us to act on these beliefs.

15/09/2014
by Sandie Cornish
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Structures of Sin, Structures of Grace

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The Soul Work of Dismantling Structures of Sin & Creating Structures of Grace

How can we make known the love of God in our world? The anger and fear in our society can’t be vanquished by more anger, not even by righteous rage. Our work for change needs to attend to structures of grace as much as structures of sin. There is a world of difference between being driven by anger or fear, and being called by love.

A Personal Journey

I first encountered the concept of structures of sin in the 1980s. It helped me to make sense of things. Into the 1990s I was concerned to identify and call out structures of sin, to try to extract myself from them, and to work actively towards dismantling them. Anger at injustice was at the heart of much of this action. By the mid 1990s I was convinced of the importance of proposing positive alternatives – we need structures of grace to replace those of sin. Then I began to understand that cooperating in creating structures of grace calls for different skills, attitudes, dispositions and capabilities than denouncing and pulling down structures of sin. It led me to quite different inner work, and different outer work too. Only love can build up structures of grace that give expression to the justice of God’s Reign. Continue Reading →

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