BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE CELEBRATES JUBILEE FOR FAMILIES
| Boston, 15 (NE) Fulfilling the commandments leads us to true happiness, recalled last week Cardinal
Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston, during the Jubilee Mass for Families celebrated at the Cathedral
of the Holy Cross. "What an important truth that is, and how countercultural it is today. Observance of
God's law, living our lives God's way, is not only a means, but also the only means to happiness", the
Cardinal said. "What passes as contemporary wisdom", the Archbishop further commented, "would
find it difficult to understand that law and love go together." The Lord's teaching that reduces the
commandments to love God and your neighbor as yourself is a "revolutionary teaching is for us today".
Cardinal Law also highlighted the importance of opening oneself to the formation of one's own
conscience, not being influenced by "convenience, comfort, a desire to conform to the culture, by a
fear of being different". Recalling the example of St. Thomas More, recently declared by the Pope
Patron of statesmen and politicians, the Archbishop of Boston invited faithful not to place any
obstacles when moral decisions must be taken. "If, in fact, one is personally opposed to a specific act
on moral grounds, on an assessment of the act in the light of truth, the truth of natural reason and the
truth illuminated by faith, then there is no but!" he stressed.