97. Some peripheries are close to us, in city centres or within our families. Hence there is an aspect of universal openness in love that is existential rather than geographical. It has to do with our daily efforts to expand our circle of friends, to reach those who, even though they are close to me, I do not naturally consider a part of my circle of interests. Every brother or sister in need, when abandoned or ignored by the society in which I live, becomes an existential foreigner, even though born in the same country. They may be citizens with full rights, yet they are treated like foreigners in their own country. Racism is a virus that quickly mutates and, instead of disappearing, goes into hiding, and lurks in waiting.
42. Greater investment needs to be made in research aimed at understanding more fully the functioning of ecosystems and adequately analyzing the different variables associated with any significant modification of the environment. Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another. Each area is responsible for the care of this family. This will require undertaking a careful inventory of the species which it hosts, with a view to developing programmes and strategies of protection with particular care for safeguarding species heading towards extinction.
83. The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, the measure of the maturity of all things. Here we can add yet another argument for rejecting every tyrannical and irresponsible domination of human beings over other creatures. The ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the risen Christ embraces and illumines all things. Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.
242. At her side in the Holy Family of Nazareth, stands the figure of Saint Joseph. Through his work and generous presence, he cared for and defended Mary and Jesus, delivering them from the violence of the unjust by bringing them to Egypt. The Gospel presents Joseph as a just man, hard-working and strong. But he also shows great tenderness, which is not a mark of the weak but of those who are genuinely strong, fully aware of reality and ready to love and serve in humility. That is why he was proclaimed custodian of the universal Church. He too can teach us how to show care; he can inspire us to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.
Angelene, a much loved and respected wife, mother, family member, co-worker and friend, has left behind a strong legacy. She exhibited outstanding strength and leadership, which served as an example to her family, co-workers, church and friends. After a full day of regimentation, she would conclude the day with a personal Bible meditation and reflection period followed by prayer. Angelene was also a dedicated servant of her nation. She gave 26 years of devoted government service, the last eight years in the Pentagon, where she was a staff accountant for the Department of the Army.
Eddie A. Dillard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1969 from Bishop College and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He was a district manager at Phillip Morris when he retired in 1997 after 19 years of service. Eddie refused to let retirement slow him down. He discovered a new adventure when he turned a simple real estate venture into a full-fledged career. Eddie began buying and selling property throughout the United States and loved every facet of this newly discovered profession.
Renée began her early formative years in rural upstate New York. She had worked for American Airlines since 1986 as a flight attendant. She was fascinated with people and their cultures, customs and everyday life. She also was affected by the importance that nature has in all aspects of historic and contemporary Asia. All of this culminated in her great love of and respect for the many wonders found in the museums around the world, and her desire to share her knowledge and experiences with others. She loved to travel and she loved art. She worked as a docent at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, not far from the 150-year-old row house she shared with her cat, Cheyenne, in the city's Federal Hill section. Renée was known for making special blankets for her family and friends, giving them something to warm them on a cold day and wrap around them like ''an enveloping hug.''
Bob Penninger loved life, always living it to the fullest. He always tried to find humor in any situation. Bob also loved cars. In high school, he was always tinkering with the cars he and his friends owned, fine-tuning them to get more speed. He especially enjoyed motorcycle trips with his wife and friends and attending car shows, where he won many trophies showing his 1999 Cobra Mustang. He is greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. 2b1af7f3a8