In presidential politics large sums of money are spent in order to promote a candidate and “get the message out” that he or she is espoused to be the best candidate for the job. Secondly candidates rely upon endorsements from more well-known membership organizations like trade unions and the like. This gives evidence to the saying “it’s not what you know but who you know that counts.” These types of strategies provide some “name recognition” on behalf of the candidate so that even if they are not the best candidate for the job, uninformed voters will be more inclined to vote for them instead of candidates whose names are still unknown to them. Larger political machines also investigate and work hard to expose and publicize any apparent weakness, former mistake or misdeed of an opposing candidate so as to discredit their name and reputation. Gone are the days when candidates majorly relied upon the evidence of their proven character and integrity to be able to sway voters. This type of blind ambition can exist in our spiritual life and life within the body of Christ as well. The letter of James brings this teaching to our minds as we hear: “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice” James 3:16. When the disciples are arguing among themselves who is the greatest, Jesus uses an example to teach that such blind ambition cannot be at the forefront of their minds. Rather the one who pays attention to and serve the needs of those whom the society consider “the least” would pay attention to and serve Him and not only Him but He who sent Him as well. There is no room for jealously and blind ambition among the saints of the kingdom.
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP MALONE has been announced publicly and for many months has been on the table in discussions of Bishop Malone with his brother priests, priest’s council and vicars and now endorsed by the Holy Father. “In light of the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and in anticipation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, it seems to be the opportune time for me to announce my decision that all fees associated with seeking a marriage annulment in the Diocese of Buffalo will be eliminated. Effective immediately, I am eliminating all fees for those seeking an annulment in our marriage Tribunal.” For more information about the annulment process, please contact the Tribunal at 716-847-8769 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RISE UP FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE Rally at Niagara Square, Thursday, Sept. 24th at 4:00pm. Join us as we call on President Obama and World Leaders to sign and enforce a Universal Agreement to combat climate change and support a just energy transition on the day Pope Francis addresses our United States Congress. More information: www.niagarasierraclub.com
NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MURDER VICTIMS/JUSTICE & PEACE RALLY will take place on Friday, September 25th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm at Niagara Square in front of City Hall. Candle light vigil to follow. For more information call: 716-842-8700.