ESCAPING THE HOLY YEAR OF HELL

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Donald Trump and Pope Francis are in the same business – selling visions of the future. You can walk through the doors of Trump Tower or you can walk through the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica. The choice leads to vastly different worlds, however.

In Mr. Trump’s world, “America First,” the focus is on identifying the “un-American” through intimidation of minorities and immigrants, scapegoating the media and use of words like “traitor” and “cancer” to characterize dissenters.

In Pope Francis’s world, the faithful are called to identify with the poor and marginalized, witness through service, and stress the vastness of God’s love rather than doctrinal proclamations and rigid rules.

During the recent “Holy Year of Mercy” (as opposed to America’s “Holy Year of Hell”), Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica and invited churches around the world to establish their own open and inclusive Holy Doors so all can “participate actively in the life of the community.”

Here’s My Take: I like this image of creating Holy Doors whether in sanctuary towns and colleges, churches and synagogues or entrances to our own homes. The option is located at 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.

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