Denver Newsroom, Oct 30, 2021 / 10:50 am
In a new reflection, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone identifies a common thread linking abortion, homelessness, and the urgent need for Eucharistic revival among Catholics: a challenge to look beyond outward appearances and see “the deeper spiritual reality.”
“As political issues, homelessness and abortion are treated as separate things. But with the Catholic sacramental sense we can see that whether we are speaking of the unhoused or the unborn, the underlying issue is the same: Can we see beyond the merely material to the deeper spiritual reality?” Cordileone said.
“What we Catholic bishops and other leaders must seek is not just words on a page,” he added, “but a profound Eucharistic revival, which requires a renaissance in the Catholic sacramental imagination.”
Cordileone released the reflection to CNA Friday in advance of a Requiem Mass For The Homeless he will preside over on Nov. 6. In February, Cordileone announced his support for a "Year for the Homeless" initiative launched by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, which will coordinate this year's liturgy. He said Masses for the homeless in 2018 and 2019.