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This homily was delivered by Fr. Kalscheur at the Detroit Red Mass celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit, Michigan on September 29, 2009. The Red Mass (a Mass at which red vestments are worn, marking the beginning of the new judicial term and invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit), is attended by judges, lawyers, and public officials of all faiths asking God’s blessings in their work as servants of the law seeking to work more effectively for justice and freedom for all. The homily invited those present to reflect on a critical question: who are we becoming as people as we live out our vocations as lawyers, judges, and public servants? The challenge is to live lives that do justice with humility, gentleness, and civility, responding in gratitude to all that God has done for us with a life that reflects God’s faithful love in all of our relationships.


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  • Subject
    • Law and Society

    • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

    • Legal Profession

    • Religion Law

  • Journal title
    • University of Detroit Mercy Law Review

  • Volume
    • 87

  • Issue
    • 4

  • Pagination
    • 629-632

  • Date submitted

    7 September 2022