Volume 7, Issue 47
- Roman Catholic News
Volume 7, Issue 47
TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2007
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. OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
. BENEDICT XVI LEAVES AUSTRIA
. WITNESSES TO GOD'S LOVE WHICH OPPOSES DESPAIR
. WITHOUT THE LORD'S DAY, SUNDAY, LIFE DOES NOT FLOURISH
. MONASTERIES: PLACES OF SPIRITUAL POWER
. VOLUNTEER WORK IS A VALUABLE SERVICE TO MANKIND
. SPECIAL ENVOY TO "EUROPEAN CITIZENS' MISSIONS"
. POPE VISITS AUSTRIAN PRESIDENT AND ADDRESSES DIPLOMATS
. CHRISTIAN FAITH OPPOSES AN ATTITUDE OF RESIGNATION
. CATALOGUE OF LINKS
. EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
. DAILY REMINDER
. ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
. COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY, SEP 11, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, presented by Archbishop Pius Alick Ncube, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
- Appointed Bishop Armand Maillard of Laval, France as archbishop of Bourges (area 14,210, population 546,715, Catholics 501,000, priests 139, permanent deacons 17, religious 399), France. The archbishop-elect was born in Offroicourt, France in 1943, he was ordained a priest in 1970 and consecrated a bishop in 1996. He succeeds Archbishop Hubert Barbier, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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BENEDICT XVI LEAVES AUSTRIA
VATICAN CITY, SEP 9, 2007 (VIS) - At the conclusion of his meeting with volunteer associations, the Holy Father travelled by car to the airport of Vienna for the farewell ceremony.
Following a speech by Heinz Fischer, president of he Republic of Austria, Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude to the bishops, government, public authorities and volunteers "who assisted in the organization of this visit."
"Vienna, faithful to its rich history and its location in the vital center of Europe, can offer a specific contribution ... by consistently helping to bring the traditional values of the continent, values shaped by the Christian faith, to the European institutions and to the work of promoting international, inter-cultural and inter-religious relations," said the Pope.
The papal plane departed shortly after 8.15 p.m. and, following a 770-kilometer flight, landed at Rome's Ciampino airport at 9.45 p.m. From there, the Holy Father travelled to his summer residence at Castelgandolfo where he will remain until the end of September.
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WITNESSES TO GOD'S LOVE WHICH OPPOSES DESPAIR
VATICAN CITY, SEP 8, 2007 (VIS) - This evening, having bid farewell to the Benedictine community of the Austrian Shrine of Mariazell, the Pope travelled to the basilica where he presided at the celebration of Second Vespers with priests, religious, deacons and seminarians. During the celebration, the Holy Father pronounced a homily.
"The Lord calls priests, religious and lay people to go into the world, in all its complexity, and to cooperate in the building up of God's Kingdom," he told those present. "The Lord invites you to join the Church 'on her pilgrim way through history.' He is inviting you to become pilgrims with Him and to share in His life which today too includes both the way of the Cross and the way of the Risen One through the Galilee of our existence."
"Taking part in His journey thus entails both things: the dimension of the Cross - with failure, suffering, misunderstanding and even contempt and persecution - but also the experience of profound joy in His service and of the deep consolation born of an encounter with Him."
"At the heart of the mission of Jesus Christ and of every Christian is the proclamation of the Kingdom of God," the Pope told his audience indicating that this means "a commitment to be present in the world as His witnesses. You testify to a 'meaning' rooted in God's creative love and opposed to every kind of meaninglessness and despair. ... You bear witness to that Love which sacrificed itself for humanity and thus conquered death. ... And so you stand against all forms of injustice, hidden or apparent, and against a growing contempt for man."
"Following Christ means taking on ever more fully His mind and His way of life," said Pope Benedict, and he recalled the three distinctive elements of such commitment, "poverty, chastity and obedience."
"Jesus Christ, Who was rich with the very richness of God, became poor for our sake. Himself poor, He called the poor 'blessed'," Yet "material poverty alone does not ensure God's closeness, even though God does remain particularly close to the poor. ... In the poor, Christians see the Christ Who awaits them. ... Anyone who wants to follow Christ in a radical way must decisively renounce material goods. But he or she must live this poverty in a way centered on Christ, as a means of becoming inwardly free for God and neighbor. For all Christians, but especially for priests and religious, both as individuals and in community, the issue of poverty and the poor must be the object of a constant and serious examination of conscience.
"To understand correctly the meaning of chastity," the Holy Father proceeded, "we must start with its positive content." Christ's mission, he explained, "led Him to a pure and unreserved commitment to men and women. Sacred Scripture shows that at no moment of His life did He betray even the slightest trace of self-interest or selfishness in His relationship with others. ... Priests and religious are not aloof from interpersonal relationships. By their vow of celibate chastity they do not consecrate themselves to individualism or a life of isolation; instead, they solemnly promise to put completely and unreservedly at the service of God's Kingdom the deep relationships of which they are capable."
Finally, referring to the question of obedience, the Pope observed how "Jesus lived His entire life, from the hidden years in Nazareth to the very moment of His death on the Cross in listening to the Father, in obedience to the Father. ... Christians have always known from experience that, in abandoning themselves to the will of the Father, they lose nothing, but instead discover their deepest identity and interior freedom." Hence, "listening to God and obeying Him has nothing to do with external constraint and the loss of oneself."
"Jesus is concretely present to us only in His Body, the Church," Benedict XVI concluded. "As a result, obedience to God's will, obedience to Jesus Christ, must be, really and practically, humble obedience to the Church."
The ceremony concluded with a procession to the chapel containing the image of the Virgin of Mariazell. The Pope then travelled by car to the town's heliport for the return journey to Vienna where he spent the night at the apostolic nunciature.
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WITHOUT THE LORD'S DAY, SUNDAY, LIFE DOES NOT FLOURISH
VATICAN CITY, SEP 9, 2007 (VIS) - This morning the Pope celebrated Mass in Vienna's cathedral of St. Stephen, a Gothic structure with a campanile 136 meters high and a frontage incorporating two Roman towers more than 60 meters high.
A procession prior to the ceremony led the Pope 100 meters to the cathedral entrance.
In his homily, Benedict XVI reflected upon the meaning of Sunday, the day of the Lord. "In the word 'dominico' [Sunday]," he said, "two meanings are inextricably intertwined, and we must once more learn to recognize their unity. First of all there is the gift of the Lord, this gift is the Lord himself: the Risen One, Whom Christians simply need to have close and accessible to them, if they are to be themselves. ... The encounter with the Lord is inscribed in time on a specific day."
"We need this encounter which brings us together, which gives us space for freedom, which lets us see beyond the bustle of everyday life to God's creative love, from which we come and towards which we are travelling."
"Without the Lord and without the day that belongs to Him," the Holy Father insisted, "life does not flourish. Sunday has been transformed in our Western societies into the weekend, into leisure time. Leisure time is certainly something good and necessary, especially amid the mad rush of the modern world. Yet if leisure time lacks an inner focus, an overall sense of direction, then ultimately it becomes wasted time that neither strengthens nor builds us up. Leisure time requires a focus, the encounter with Him who is our origin and goal."
"The early Christians celebrated the first day of the week as the Lord's day, because it was the day of the resurrection. Yet very soon, the Church also came to realize that the first day of the week is the day of the dawning of creation, the day on which God said: 'Let there be light.' Therefore Sunday is also the Church's weekly feast of creation, the feast of thanksgiving and joy over God's creation. At a time when creation seems to be endangered in so many ways through human activity, we should consciously welcome this dimension of Sunday too."
"In this Sunday's Opening Prayer we call to mind firstly that through His Son God has redeemed us and made us His beloved children. ... To be someone's child," the Holy Father concluded, "means to be a free person, not a slave but a member of the family. And it means being an heir. If we belong to God, Who is the power above all powers, then we are fearless and free. And we are heirs. The inheritance He has bequeathed to us is Himself, His love."
At the conclusion of Mass, the Pope went out into the adjoining square where he climbed a podium to pray the Angelus. Before the Marian prayer he said: "Just as Mary bore Him in her womb - a defenseless little Child, totally dependent on the love of His Mother - so Jesus Christ, under the species of bread, has entrusted Himself to you, dear brothers and sisters. Love Him as Mary loved Him! Bring Him to others, just as Mary brought Him to Elizabeth as the source of joyful exultation! The Virgin gave the Word of God a human body, and thus enabled Him to come into the world as a man. Give your own bodies to the Lord, and let them become ever more fully instruments of God's love, temples of the Holy Spirit! Bring Sunday, and its immense gift, into the world!"
Following the Angelus, Benedict XVI presented a Letter he has written to children who participate in the initiatives of the Pontifical Work of the Holy Childhood. "In you I see young collaborators in the service that the Pope renders to the Church and to the world," the Holy Father writes in his Letter. "You support me with your prayers and with your commitment to spread the Gospel."
There are many children, the Letter proceeds, who do not know Jesus, and many more who lack the basic necessities of life. "The Church gives them her special attention, especially through the work of missionaries. And you too feel called to offer your contribution both individually and in groups. Friendship with Jesus is such a beautiful gift that we cannot keep it to ourselves."
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MONASTERIES: PLACES OF SPIRITUAL POWER
VATICAN CITY, SEP 9, 2007 (VIS) - Shortly after 4.30 p.m. today, the Holy Father arrived by car at the abbey of Heiligenkreuz, 30 kilometers from Vienna. It is the largest Cistercian monastery in Europe and the oldest in the world to have remained open uninterruptedly since its foundation, in 1135.
The name Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) is due to a relic of the True Cross which was donated to the monastery in 1188 by duke Leopold V and which is still venerated there. Under the Nazis, the monastery was almost completely expropriated and many of the monks were imprisoned, Following World War Two, the abbot Karl Braunstofer reformed the liturgy in accordance with Vatican Council II and created a Latin breviary in which particular importance was given to the Gregorian Chant.
In the abbey is the Pontifical Theological Faculty, founded in 1802 as a teaching center for philosophy and theology. It currently has more than 100 students.
On his arrival, Benedict XVI paused in prayer before the relic of the True Cross in the abbey church together with the monks, teachers and students. Then, after a greeting from the abbot Fr. Gregor Henckel Donnersmack, he delivered a talk to those present.
"The core of monasticism is worship," said the Pope. "But since monks are people of flesh and blood on this earth, St. Benedict added to the central command: 'pray,' a second command: 'work.' ... Thus in every age monks, setting out with their gaze upon God, have made the earth life-giving and lovely. Their protection and renewal of creation derived precisely from their looking to God."
"Your primary service to this world must therefore be your prayer and the celebration of the Divine Office. The interior disposition of each priest, and of each consecrated person, must be that of 'putting nothing before the Divine Office.' The beauty of this inner attitude will find expression in the beauty of the liturgy," of which "the determining factor must always be our looking to God."
"Whenever in our thinking we are only concerned about making the liturgy attractive, interesting and beautiful, the battle is already lost," said the Pope. "In the light of this, I ask you to celebrate the sacred liturgy with your gaze fixed on God within the communion of saints, the living Church of every time and place, so that it will truly be an expression of the sublime beauty of the God Who has called men and women to be His friends."
The Holy Father then quoted a traditional pun which defines Osterreich (Austria) as Klosterreich (a realm of monasteries), and he called on the faithful to consider the abbeys and monasteries not as "mere strongholds of culture and tradition, or even simple business enterprises. Structure, organization and finances are necessary in the Church too, but they are not what is essential. A monastery is above all this: a place of spiritual power."
The Holy Father had words of praise for the Pontifical Theological Faculty, which is 205 years old and which the current abbot has named after Benedict XVI. It is important, he said, "that there should be academic institutions like your own, where there can be a deeper interplay between scientific theology and real spirituality." Christian theology "is never a purely human discourse about God, but always, and inseparably, the 'Logos' and 'logic' of God's self-revelation."
In this context, the Pope recalled how St. Bernard, the father of the Cistercian Order, "fought against the detachment of an objectivizing rationality from the main current of ecclesial spirituality." Today, the Holy Father added, "in its desire to be recognized as a rigorously scientific discipline in the modern sense, theology can lose the life-breath given by faith" and "end up as an array of more or less loosely connected disciplines."
Turning to consider the question of vocations, the Pope pointed out that if they are "to be sustained faithfully over a lifetime, there is a need for a formation capable of integrating ... the entire personality. Neglect of the intellectual dimension can give rise all too easily to a kind of superficial piety nourished mostly by emotions and sentiments, which cannot be sustained over a lifetime. Neglect of the spiritual dimension, in turn, can create a rarified rationalism which, in its coldness and detachment, can never bring about an enthusiastic self-surrender to God."
After visiting the abbey museum, Benedict XVI returned to Vienna for his meeting with volunteer associations in the city's "Wiener Konzerthaus."
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VOLUNTEER WORK IS A VALUABLE SERVICE TO MANKIND
VATICAN CITY, SEP 9, 2007 (VIS) - This evening in the "Wiener Konzerthaus," the Viennese concert hall inaugurated in 1913 in the presence of the emperor Francis Joseph I, the Pope met with civil and ecclesial voluntary groups active in Austria.
Greetings from the young volunteer workers and talks by the president of the Republic of Austria and by the Pope were interspersed with brief musical interludes.
At the beginning of his talk, the Pope expressed "gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the remarkable 'culture of volunteerism' existing in Austria. ... Love of neighbor is not something that can be delegated; the State and the political order, properly concerned with the relief of the needy and the provision of social services, cannot take the place of volunteer work. Love of neighbor always demands a voluntary personal commitment, and the State, of course, should provide the conditions which make this possible."
"To say 'yes' to volunteering to help others is a decision which is liberating; it opens our hearts to the needs of others, to the requirements of justice, to the defense of life and the protection of creation. Volunteer work is really about the heart of the Christian image of God and man: love of God and love of neighbor."
Volunteer work is characterized by its "gratuitousness" said the Pope, affirming that "a readiness to be at the service of others is something which surpasses calculations of outlay and return: it shatters the rules of market economy. The value of human beings cannot be judged by purely economic criteria."
"In the gaze of others, and particularly of the person who needs our help, we experience the concrete demands of Christian love. Jesus Christ does not teach us a spirituality 'of closed eyes,' but one of 'alertness,' one which entails an absolute duty to take notice of the needs of others."
The Holy Father dwelt on the importance of prayer for people involved in charitable enterprises. "Praying to God sets us free from ideologies and from a sense of hopelessness in the face of endless needs," he said.
"Whenever people do more than their simple duty in professional life and in the family - and even doing this well calls for great strength and much love - and whenever they commit themselves to helping others, putting their precious free time at the service of man and his dignity, their hearts expand."
Benedict XVI concluded his address by affirming that "anyone who takes seriously the 'priority' of his neighbor lives and acts in accordance with the Gospel and shares in the mission of the Church, which always looks at the whole person and wants everyone to experience the love of God. The Church fully supports this valuable service that you offer."
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SPECIAL ENVOY TO "EUROPEAN CITIZENS' MISSIONS"
VATICAN CITY, SEP 8, 2007 (VIS) - Made public today was a Letter from the Pope, written in Latin and dated August 16, appointing Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his vicar general for the diocese of Rome, as special envoy to the closing celebrations for the "European Citizens' Missions," due to be held in Budapest, Hungary, from September 16 to 22.
Cardinal Ruini will be accompanied on his mission by Msgr. Endre Gaal, provost of the metropolitan chapter of Esztergom-Budapest, and Fr. Janos Szekely, vice-director of the St. Adalbert Center of Esztergom.
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POPE VISITS AUSTRIAN PRESIDENT AND ADDRESSES DIPLOMATS
VATICAN CITY, SEP 7, 2007 (VIS) - Today at 5.30 p.m. the Pope travelled by motor car from the apostolic nunciature of Vienna, to the city's Hofburg Palace where he paid a courtesy visit to Heinz Fischer, president of the Republic of Austria.
After the visit, the Pope met with the authorities and with the diplomatic corps in one of the reception halls of the Hofburg Palace. Also present were representatives from the world of culture, among them rectors of Austrian universities.
Following a brief musical introduction and a greeting from President Fischer, Benedict XVI delivered his address:
"In recent years and decades," said the Pope, "Austria has registered advances which were inconceivable even two generations ago. Your country has not only experienced significant economic progress, but has also developed a model of social coexistence synonymous with the term 'social solidarity.' Austrians have every reason to be grateful for this, and they have demonstrated it not only by opening their hearts to the poor and the needy in their native land, but also by demonstrating generous solidarity in the event of catastrophes and disasters worldwide."
"After the horrors of war and the traumatic experiences of totalitarianism and dictatorship," he continued, "Europe is moving towards a unity capable of ensuring a lasting order of peace and just development. The painful division which split the continent for decades has come to an end politically, yet the goal of unity remains in great part still to be achieved in the minds and hearts of individuals. ... For the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in particular, participating in this process is a further incentive to consolidating freedom, the rule of law and democracy within their borders. ... Austria too, as a bridge-country situated at the crossroads of West and East, has contributed much to this unification."
The Pope highlighted how "Europe cannot and must not deny her Christian roots. ... Christianity has profoundly shaped this continent: something clearly evident in every country, and particularly in Austria, not least from the number of churches and important monasteries. ... Mariazell, Austria's great national shrine, is also a meeting-place for the different peoples of Europe. It is one of those places where men and women have drawn, and continue to draw, 'strength from on high' for an upright life."
"Nowadays we hear much of the 'European model of life'," said the Pope before going on to indicate how such a model now "faces a great challenge. The oft-cited process of globalization," he added, "cannot be halted, yet it is an urgent task and a great responsibility of politics to regulate and limit globalization, so that it will not occur at the expense of the poorer nations and of the poor in wealthier nations, and prove detrimental to future generations."
"Europe has also experienced and suffered from terribly misguided courses of action. These have included: ideological restrictions imposed on philosophy, science and also faith, the abuse of religion and reason for imperialistic purposes, the degradation of man resulting from theoretical and practical materialism, and finally the degeneration of tolerance into an indifference with no reference to permanent values. But Europe has also been marked by a capacity for self-criticism which gives it a distinctive place within the vast panorama of the world's cultures."
The Pope then turned his attention to "the fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, [which] is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right." In this context, the Holy Father made an appeal to politicians "not to allow children to be considered as a form of illness, ... to do everything possible to make European countries once again open to welcoming children," and "to favor conditions enabling young couples to raise children. Yet," he added, "all this will be pointless, unless we can succeed in creating once again in our countries a climate of joy and confidence in life, a climate in which children are not seen as a burden, but rather as a gift for all."
He went on: "Another great concern of mine is the debate on what has been termed 'actively assisted death.' ... The proper response to end-of-life suffering is loving care and accompaniment on the journey towards death, especially with the help of palliative care."
"Europe will grow more sure of itself if it accepts a responsibility in the world corresponding to its singular intellectual tradition, its extraordinary resources and its great economic power. The European Union should therefore assume a role of leadership in the fight against global poverty and in efforts to promote peace."
The countries of Europe and the European Union "need to make their political importance felt, for example, with regard to the urgent challenges presented in Africa, given the immense tragedies afflicting that continent, such as the scourge of AIDS, the situation in Darfur, the unjust exploitation of natural resources and the disturbing traffic in arms. Nor can the political and diplomatic efforts of Europe and its countries neglect the continuing serious situation in the Middle East, where everyone's contribution is needed to promote the rejection of violence, reciprocal dialogue and a truly peaceful coexistence."
The Pope concluded his address by emphasizing the fact that that "much of what Austria is and possesses, it owes to the Christian faith and its beneficial effects on individual men and women. ... Consequently it should be everyone's concern to ensure that the day will never come when only its stones speak of Christianity! An Austria without a vibrant Christian faith would no longer be Austria."
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CHRISTIAN FAITH OPPOSES AN ATTITUDE OF RESIGNATION
VATICAN CITY, SEP 8, 2007 (VIS) - Shortly after 9.45 a.m. today, the Pope arrived at the Austrian Marian shrine of Mariazell, having travelled by car from the apostolic nunciature in Vienna. On his arrival he was welcomed by more than 50,0000 people.
The town of Mariazell in the mountains of Styria was founded in the year 1157 following a miracle that befell a monk called Magnus. A great rock blocking his passage miraculously opened after he had invoked the help of the Virgin. In the 13th century Prince Henry Ladislao of Moravia built the first church there as a sign of thanks to the Virgin for his return to health after an illness. In 1399, Pope Boniface IX granted plenary indulgence for the week following the Octave of the Assumption, a move which led to a great increase in pilgrimages to Mariazell. In 1907, the church was elevated to the rank of minor basilica, and in 1908 the image of the Virgin received the papal crown.
The shrine was modified in the Baroque style during the 17th century, although it still has a Gothic portal. Inside is the Chapel of Graces, built by king Louis the Great of Hungary following a victory against the Turks. The chapel holds the famous Romanesque statue of the Virgin, draped in her traditional robe. The shrine and the image of the Virgin are among the most famous and visited in Europe.
The Pope was greeted by the abbot of Lambrecht, the superior and the rector of the shrine, then entered the church where around 2,000 people were awaiting his arrival. He prayed before the image of the Virgin Mary and, shortly before 10.30 a.m., climbed the podium erected beside the basilica to celebrate Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, the patronal feast of Mariazell.
"For 850 years," said the Holy Father in his homily, "pilgrims from different peoples and nations have been travelling here; they come to pray for the intentions of their hearts and their homelands. ... Making a pilgrimage means setting out in a particular direction, travelling towards a destination. This gives a beauty of its own even to the journey and to the effort involved.
"Among the pilgrims of Jesus' genealogy there were many who forgot the goal and wanted to make themselves the goal. Again and again, though, the Lord called forth people whose longing for the goal drove them forward, people who directed their whole lives towards it.
"The awakening of the Christian faith," he added, "the dawning of the Church of Jesus Christ was made possible, because there were people in Israel whose hearts were searching, people who did not rest content with custom, but who looked further ahead, in search of something greater. ... Because their hearts were expectant, they were able to recognize in Jesus the One Whom God had sent."
"We too need an open and restless heart like theirs. This is what pilgrimage is all about. Today as in the past, it is not enough to be more or less like everyone else and to think like everyone else. Our lives have a deeper purpose. We need God, the God who has shown us His face and opened His heart to us: Jesus Christ. ... Certainly, there are many great figures in history who have had beautiful and moving experiences of God. Yet these are still human experiences, and therefore finite. Only He is God and therefore only He is the bridge that brings God and man together."
If we call Jesus "the one universal Mediator of salvation," said the Pope, "this does not mean that we despise other religions, nor that we are arrogantly proposing the absolutism of our own ideas; on the contrary, it means that we are gripped by Him Who has touched our hearts and lavished gifts upon us, so that we, in turn, can offer gifts to others.
"In fact, our faith is decisively opposed to the attitude of resignation that considers man incapable of truth, as if this were more than he could cope with. This attitude of resignation with regard to truth lies at the heart of the crisis of the West, the crisis of Europe. If truth does not exist for man, then neither can he ultimately distinguish between good and evil. And then the great and wonderful discoveries of science become double-edged: they can open up significant possibilities for good, for the benefit of mankind, but also, as we see only too clearly, they can pose a terrible threat.
"We need the truth. Yet admittedly, in the light of our history we are fearful that faith in the truth might entail intolerance. If we are gripped by this fear, which is historically well grounded, then it is time to look towards Jesus as we see Him in the shrine at Mariazell. We see Him here in two images: as the Child in His mother's arms, and ... as the Crucified One. These two images tell us this: truth prevails not through external force. Rather, it is humble and it yields itself to man only via the inner force of its veracity. Truth proves itself in love."
To the plea to "show us Jesus" said the Pope, "Mary responds, showing Him to us in the first instance as a Child. God has made Himself small for us. God comes not with external force, but He comes in the powerlessness of His love, which is where His true strength lies."
"The Child Jesus naturally reminds us also of all the children in the world. ... Europe has become child-poor: we want everything for ourselves, and place little trust in the future. Yet the earth will be deprived of a future only when the forces of the human heart and of reason illuminated by the heart are extinguished - when the face of God no longer shines upon the earth. Where God is, there is the future."
"Let us look briefly now at the Crucified One above the high altar. God saved the world not by the sword, but by the Cross. In dying, Jesus extends His arms, ... a gesture of embracing, by which He wishes to draw us to Himself."
"To gaze upon Christ! If we do this, we realize that Christianity is more than and different from a moral code, from a series of requirements and laws. It is the gift of a friendship that lasts through life and death." Yet "it also contains within itself great moral strength, which is so urgently needed today on account of the challenges of our time. If with Jesus Christ and His Church we constantly re-read the Ten Commandments of Sinai, ... then a great teaching unfolds before us. It is first and foremost a 'yes' to God, to a God Who loves us and leads us, Who carries us and yet allows us our freedom: indeed, it is He who makes our freedom real (the first three commandments). It is a 'yes' to the family (fourth commandment), a 'yes' to life (fifth commandment), a 'yes' to responsible love (sixth commandment), a 'yes' to solidarity, to social responsibility and to justice (seventh commandment), a 'yes' to truth (eighth commandment) and a 'yes' to respect for other people and for what is theirs (ninth and tenth commandments). By the strength of our friendship with the living God we live this manifold "yes" and at the same time we carry it as a signpost into our world."
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9. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online
Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online
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EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:
"Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
conversion and salvation of the whole world."
When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:
"Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
conversion and salvation of the whole world."
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"during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will
increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
Millennio Adveniente, 16
"Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded
street and you will always be safe."
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