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​‘We’ve been made in God’s image and likeness, and we are to strive to be like him in this world’

September 23, 2019 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: In the Press

‘We’ve been made in God’s image and likeness, and we are to strive to be like him in this world’ 

Leadership of the “On the Way – Andale!” capital campaign gathered for liturgy with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at Our Lady’s Chapel at Assumption Seminary June 26, hearing a message regarding the importance of stewardship in their lives.

The archbishop said that the Real Presence of Jesus with us in his body and blood, through the transubstantiated signs of the bread and wine, is his pledge of “being with us” until the end of time. And so, to come together to celebrate this great gift is a true blessing.

In the Gospel at the Mass, listeners heard Jesus refer to what has become known as the “golden rule,” to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. “It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?” quizzed Archbishop Gustavo. “Imagine if the whole world treated each other in this way all the time! There would be no war or threat of war. There would be no hunger, no untreated disease, no gossip, and so forth.”

However, he continued, it’s hard for us to do because of our wounded human nature. “One of the lingering effects of original sin is our inability to act this way consistently, and that we are subject to the temptations of hurting and dominating each other.”

The San Antonio prelate emphasized that Jesus admonishes us to enter by the narrow gate. He explained, “That is an invitation to make the tougher choices. To sometimes go against our nature. To think and pray so as to make the better decision and to do the good action. To do things that will honor both God and men.”

The archbishop added that it speaks to the fact that we have a high calling as human beings.

“We are to strive to be like Him in this world. But, we cannot do this unaided by grace!” he stressed. “We need God’s grace so as to fulfill this high calling! God gives us this grace abundantly in Christ, most especially in the gift of the Holy Eucharist.”

Archbishop Gustavo told attendees that he was blessed to call them friends, among his most important collaborators in extending the mission of Christ in the archdiocese.

“In your generosity you are bearing witness to the golden rule. You are moving toward entering the narrow gate that Christ has called us to enter,” he smiled. “I am grateful to you, and grateful for you.”

Following the liturgy, the capital campaign supporters gathered in the Assumption Seminary Student Union Building for a reception and to hear an update from the archbishop and Julie Seguin, director of the “On the Way – Andale!” campaign. Seguin informed the campaign chairs that $53 million has been raised toward the $60 million goal, and she urged them to “finish strong.”

She also discussed the status of projects at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University San Antonio, the archdiocesan Pilgrimage Center, and Vietnamese Martyrs Church, among others.