1. The fiscal cliff concerns Bishop Stephen Blaire, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard Pates, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace. They wrote to Congress Dec.14 to urge it to develop a bipartisan and balanced agreement that raises adequate revenue and protects programs that serve families living in poverty. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says proper role of government to “make accessible to each what is needed to lead a truly human life: food, clothing, health, work, education and culture, suitable information, the right to establish a family, and so on” (no. 1908). The bishops’ criteria: Protect human life and dignity; the needs of the poor and vulnerable come first; and government and other institutions have a shared responsibility to promote the common good of all.
2. Today is the fifth day of the O Antiphons. Read the prayers and listen to a podcast for this day.
3. What equipped Msgr. Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Town, Connecticut, to console the nation? Seminary formation and grace.
4. Movie fans may enjoy Les Miserables. Says Catholic News Service’s Media Review office: “This rousing entertainment offers something for everyone: soaring anthems, tear-jerking romance, thrilling drama – and a positive portrayal of the Catholic faith. In fact, this faithful adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, which was transformed into a worldwide stage sensation by impresario Cameron Mackintosh, is a deeply moral story. Characters rise and fall calling on God for grace and mercy, seeking personal redemption while trying to better the lives of others.” The film contains scenes of bloody violence, a prostitution theme, and nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
5. God loves you.