“All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth…to give life is to open (our) heart, and to care for life is to (give oneself) in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others.
Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing..So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.”
— from a homily in 2005 by Cardinal Bergoglio celebrating Aug. 31 feast of St. Raymond Nonnatus, patron saint of expectant mothers, newborns
Our state, but particularly our city of Minneapolis has been struck by the horror surrounding Barway Collins. It so seems that we have become a society that often does not know how to cherish life, cherish one another. Today, I have met teachers and neighbors and volunteers who knew Barway, and everyone of them has told me, they wish they had been able to prevent what has happened. We all wish we could have stopped this and the countless other tragedies involving the most vulnerable in our lives. I think it's time (again) to read from St. Raymond Nonnatus.