Members of the Catholic Alumni Network (CAN) will meet with Bishop Malone in April to discuss a variety of topics of interest to young adults. CAN is a growing group of young professional alumni of our Catholic schools interested in giving back to the schools that helped provide the academic skills and moral foundation necessary for success in the world of business today.
The event, titled Dinner and Conversation with Bishop Malone is based on the NY Times bestselling book, The Name of God is Mercy, in which Vatican reporter and author Andrea Tornielli interviews Pope Francis. Currently being published in over eighty countries, the book reinforces the message Pope Francis has spread during his travels around the world during his proclaimed, Year of Mercy.
In the book, Pope Francis uses examples from his personal experience and shares his beliefs on what he calls "the medicine of mercy." Francis says "the Lord never tires of forgiving: never! It is we who tire of asking him for forgiveness." He goes on to state that "we live in a society that encourages us to discard the habit of recognizing and assuming our responsibilities. It is always others who make mistakes. It is always other who are immoral. It's always someone else's fault, never our own."
The Pope says we live in an age when society has "an attitude of being always ready to condemn and much less willing to accept; ready to judge but not bow down with compassion for mankind's sufferings." Pope Francis encourages us, as a society to be more merciful.
He refers often to the familiar bible story of the adulteress brought before Jesus by the scribes and Pharisees to draw a parallel between what he sees as the rising sentiment in society today and the mercy of Jesus. "Jesus was pure and could have cast the first stone. But Christ goes further than that...He does not condemn her with the law....Jesus goes beyond 'the law that demanded stoning.' And so he tells the woman to go and sin no more."
CAN members will have the opportunity to discuss topics discussed in Pope Francis' book as well as pose their own questions during the evening. Given the diverse topics Pope Francis has covered during his papacy, it should be stirring conversation.
The Catholic Alumni Network is actively recruiting millennial alumni from our Catholic schools. If you're interested in joining the burgeoning group, please contact Ginny Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org