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?What do our lives have in common?? asked Bishop Nelson Perez as he addressed members of the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland during the annual Red Mass on Oct. 20 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
The bishop said he pondered that thought as he prepared for his homily, and decided the link could be summarized in one word: service.
?We?re called to service,? he said. ?And with that comes authority.?
He said judges must make decisions, which he described as a mixed bag. ?Sometimes people are happy with your decision; sometimes they?re not.?
Those in the legal profession, much like those in the service of the Church, encounter people at some crucial times in their lives. ?We can walk with them in moments of great joy. We are also reconcilers; we encounter the human spirit,? he said.
?When I look in the mirror in the morning, I don?t see the bishop of Cleveland; I see Nelson. And when I watch the morning news, I know a lot of that reality ends up before you,? Bishop Perez said.
He recalled a time when two drug dealers shot each other to death in New York. ?They belonged to the same parish