In this article, Fr Fausto Gomez, OP, reflects on the nature of the human person and their social responsibility. As a social being, we must respect and love others as human persons. In a Christian perspective, every neighbor is our brother or sister in Christ. Our responsibility is to defend and promote human rights and work for justice and solidarity. Pursuing happiness means becoming a flourishing human being, living with and for others. Doing good leads to happiness, while doing evil leads to unhappiness. Priests and pastors seem to be among the happiest professions, perhaps due to their relationship with God and inner peace.
The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia recently held their 57th Plenary Assembly, discussing various issues including the crises in Ukraine, the Caucasus, Syria, and Turkey, as well as the wounds inflicted on people and society due to separations, divorces, domestic violence, abortions, the misery of the hungry, the homeless, and the indigent. In response, the bishops urged the faithful to meditate on Pope Francis’ Letter for Lent 2023 and emphasized the importance of prayer, dialogue, and active love. They also called for continuous reflection on the pastoral and missionary conversion suggested by the Holy Father.