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      Volume 3, Issue 227

      MONDAY 1 December 2003

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      • Start of Advent 2003
      • Pope Calls for Reawakening of "Hope for Peace" During Advent
      • John Paul II Backs Campaign Against Death Penalty
      • John Paul II Urges Moldova to Cultivate Dialogue as a Tool
      • Europe Needs Help of Orthodox and Catholics, Pope Tells Bulgarian
      • Navarro-Valls Surmises Why the Media Are So Interested in Pope
      • Contacts With Orthodox Seen as "Very Positive"
      • Scotland's Cardinal O'Brien Urges a Re-Christianization
      • Indian Episcopate Wants Halt to Social-Ethnic Conflict in Assam
      • Ecumenical Charter Promoted in Eastern Europe

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      Start of Advent 2003

      World Is in Great Need of Peace, Says John Paul II

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before praying the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

      Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      1. Today is the beginning of the season of Advent, a time of spiritual renewal in preparation for Christmas. The voices of prophets resound in the liturgy, who announce the Messiah, inviting us to conversion of heart and to prayer. John the Baptist, the last and greatest of them all, cries out: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight!" (Luke 3:4), because he "will come to visit his people in peace."

      2. Christ is coming, the Prince of peace! To prepare for his Nativity means to reawaken in ourselves and in the world the hope for peace. First of all, peace in hearts, which is built by putting down the weapons of rancor, of revenge and of every form of egoism.

      The world is in great need of this peace! I am thinking especially, with profound sorrow, of the last episodes of violence in the Middle East and the African continent, as well as those in so many other parts of the earth reported in the daily news. I renew my appeal to the leaders of the great religions: Let us join forces to preach nonviolence, forgiveness and reconciliation! "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5).

      3. In this Advent season of waiting and hope, the ecclesial community identifies more than ever with the Most Holy Virgin. May she, the expectant Virgin, help us to open our hearts to him who brings, with his coming among us, the priceless gift of peace to the whole of humanity.

      [After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted the pilgrims:]

      Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, a sickness that, unfortunately, is still growing strongly, especially in the poorest countries. While I pray for those who are stricken by this scourge, I encourage all those in the Church who carry out an invaluable service of acceptance, healing and spiritual support towards these, our brothers and sisters.

      I greet the Italian-speaking pilgrims, in particular the members of Sant'Egidio Community, who today, in contact with numerous cities of the world, are relaunching the international campaign against the death penalty.

      I wish all a good Sunday.

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      Pope Calls for Reawakening of "Hope for Peace" During Advent

      Appeal to Religious Leaders Worldwide

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- At the start of Advent, John Paul II invited all believers to reawaken in the world "the hope for peace."

      Before praying the midday Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered today in St. Peter's Square, the Pope appealed once again to religious leaders to be architects of peace, especially in the Middle East and Africa.

      "Christ is coming, the Prince of peace!" the Holy Father said, underlining the season of Advent as the preparation for Christmas. "To prepare for his Nativity means to reawaken in ourselves and in the world the hope for peace."

      "First of all, peace in hearts, which is built by putting down the weapons of rancor, of vengeance and of every form of egoism," he added.

      "The world is in great need of peace!" the Pope continued. "I am thinking especially, with profound sorrow, of the last episodes of violence in the Middle East and the African continent, as well as those in so many other parts of the earth reported in the daily news."

      To leaders of the great religions, John Paul II renewed the appeal he has been repeating since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "Let us join forces to preach nonviolence, forgiveness and reconciliation!"

      For Christians, the Pope said, Advent must be a time of waiting to open "our hearts to him who brings, with his coming among us, the priceless gift of peace to the whole of humanity."

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      John Paul II Backs Campaign Against Death Penalty

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II added his voice in support of the renewal of the international campaign against the death penalty.

      Before bidding farewell to the pilgrims gathered today in St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus, the Pope greeted members of the Community of Sant'Egidio, an ecclesial movement involved in the struggle against capital punishment.

      Today, at the initiative of Sant'Egidio and other non-governmental organizations that make up the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, 300 "Pro-Life Cities" lit up a monument to express their rejection of the death penalty.

      Among the cities participating in this 2nd World Day Against the Death Penalty were Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York; Buenos Aires; Berlin; Hiroshima, Japan; Santiago, Chile; Vienna, Austria; Barcelona, Spain; and Paris. Their theme was "No Justice Without Life."

      Mario Marazziti, spokesman of Sant'Egidio, explained that 112 countries have abolished the death penalty, in law or in fact, and 83 use it. Armenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Chile and Ivory Coast abolished it in the past two years.

      "The judicial system is never infallible," Marazziti said. "The death penalty is an irreversible instrument of justice. And man cannot take what he cannot restore."

      The Sant'Egidio campaign is calling for a universal moratorium on executions, an appeal that is supported by 5 million signatures.

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      John Paul II Urges Moldova to Cultivate Dialogue as a Tool

      Receives President Vladimir Voronin in Audience

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 28, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Situated "between the Latin and Slav worlds," Moldova is called to make dialogue a key tool of its action, John Paul II said when receiving the president of the ex-Soviet republic.

      This was the "first meeting between the highest authority of the republic of Moldova and the Successor of Peter" since the country "appeared on the international scene as a sovereign and independent nation," the Pope said today when greeting President Vladimir Voronin.

      As the country "attained freedom a short while ago," the Holy Father encouraged Voronin and his compatriots to continue to build it "with confidence," conscious of the "difficulties that are proper especially of beginnings."

      "Moldova, situated as it is on the border between the Latin and Slav worlds, cannot but make dialogue an essential operative instrument of its own action, in order to have concrete possibilities arise of peace, justice and well-being," John Paul II said in his address, which he read in Italian in a clear voice.

      "Although small in number," the Catholic community "is actively engaged" in the process, "situating itself as a living and generous interlocutor in society," the Pope continued.

      Noting that the Church in Moldova -- it is recognized by the government -- "can freely carry out its evangelizing and charitable mission," the Holy Father expressed the hope that dialogue will continue "in a fruitful way, for the benefit of the whole of Moldovan society" and in respect "of democracy and the equality of all religious confessions."

      Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania, has a population of 4.5 million, mostly Orthodox. There are some 20,000 Catholics. Vladimir Voronin has been president since April 2001.

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      Europe Needs Help of Orthodox and Catholics, Pope Tells Bulgarian

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 28, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Europe needs the commitment of Orthodox and Catholics in the defense of human rights and the culture of life, John Paul II said when he received the president of Bulgaria in audience.

      President Georgi Parvanov, a former Communist and Socialist representative, was reciprocating for the Pope's visit to his country last year. On that occasion the Holy Father said he "perceived the firm determination to build the country with new serenity and confidence in the future, within the great European home."

      On Thursday, addressing Parvanov, the Pope requested that he greet Patriarch Maxim, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, whom John Paul II met in his residence in Sofia.

      The Pope described that meeting as a "further stage in the progressive growth of the ecclesial community."

      "With him I was able to verify how Europe hopes for the common commitment of Catholics and Orthodox in defense of the rights of man and of the culture of life," John Paul II added.

      Bulgaria, which has 7.5 million inhabitants, is 83% Orthodox. Catholics number 80,000.

      The Pope promised Parvanov "dialogue and collaboration" on the part of Catholics with the other religious communities for "the good of the whole society."

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      Navarro-Valls Surmises Why the Media Are So Interested in Pope

      Addresses an Academic Gathering in Honor of John Paul II

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 28, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The secret of the media's interest in John Paul II lies in his capacity "to re-establish a common system of reference," according to Vatican press office director Joaquín Navarro-Valls.

      Navarro-Valls made that point Thursday during an academic event that the University of the Holy Cross dedicated to the Holy Father for the 25th anniversary of his pontificate.

      "Today," Navarro-Valls said, "common systems of reference have disappeared, understood as a general framework of each age in which the words used are placed in a precise context and have meaning."

      He was speaking in the capacity of a guest professor, invited by the university's School of Institutional Communication, and not as Vatican spokesman.

      "This pontificate has re-created a common lexicon, which did not exist, to offer the Gospel and have the latter accepted," said Navarro-Valls. He gave as examples words such as "soul, family, God, prayer, human love and sexuality."

      The speaker also underlined how the Pope with his trips has been able to transmit this system of values and offer his Christian message.

      "The Pope offers a religious message, the system of truths and values of the Catholic religion which not only is of interest to the West but to all the world," he added.

      Monsignor Rino Fisichella, theologian and rector of the Lateran University, focused on the Trinity as "theological horizon to understand the ministry and magisterium of this Pope."

      The monsignor explained that "the Trinity makes visible that God is the center of everything, not man." John Paul II "situates his teachings in the Trinity, which is the foundation of his magisterium and where he always returns."

      To understand the Holy Father, "we must always refer to 'Redemptoris Hominis,' the Pope's first encyclical, which contains his programmatic set of ideas," said Monsignor Fisichella.

      The homage to John Paul II culminated with the presentation of the book "Giovanni Paolo II, Teologo: Nel Segno delle Encicliche" (John Paul II, Theologian: In the Sign of the Encyclicals), published by Mondadori.

      The book comments on all the Pope's encyclicals, which are divided by subjects: Trinitarian, social, ecclesiological and anthropological. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome, wrote the prologue.

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      Contacts With Orthodox Seen as "Very Positive"

      Vatican Delegation Takes Papal Message to Bartholomew I

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Bilateral contacts between Rome and the Orthodox Churches have developed rapidly "in a very positive sense" this year, says a Vatican official.

      Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, made that assessment in an interview with Vatican Radio. The occasion was today's feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, patron of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

      The patriarchate, said Bishop Farrell, is the Holy See's point of reference in the effort to "continue with the formal theological dialogue, but especially in the work to give value to all the bilateral contacts we have with the Orthodox Churches, which this year have developed rapidly in a very positive sense."

      Representatives of the Holy See took a message from John Paul II to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, for the feast. St. Andrew, founder and apostle of the Church in Constantinople, was brother of St. Peter, first Bishop of Rome.

      Every year on this occasion the Holy Father sends a delegation to Constantinople -- modern-day Istanbul, Turkey. The patriarch, in turn, sends representatives to Rome on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

      "These patronal feasts allow us to live better the joy of being brothers and of participating in a single communion of intentions, which it is necessary to encourage and continue, so that it appears with greater clarity before the world," the Pope said in his message to Bartholomew I.

      The Vatican delegation was headed by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president, of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, along with Bishop Farrell.

      "Reciprocal participation in these patronal feasts," the Pope added in his messages, some passages of which were reported on Vatican Radio, "is the most complete expression of our mutual desire to re-create among ourselves a context of love and participation in mutual prayer to nourish and further our desire for full communion."

      Bishop Farrell told Vatican Radio that this exchange of delegations between the Holy See and the ecumenical patriarchate "are the symbol of a growing intensification of the desire to find again that unity of the Church that the Lord wanted."

      The visit took place at a time of tension, in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul.

      The Vatican representatives wished to express "the solidarity of the Catholic Church and the guarantee of repeated prayer raised by the Pope for the victims and for all those who live daily in fear," Bishop Farrell explained.

      Orthodox and Catholics have been divided since the Eastern schism of the 11th century. Mutual excommunications were lifted in 1964, but the two Churches have yet to find full unity.

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      Scotland's Cardinal O'Brien Urges a Re-Christianization

      Voices Concern About New Age Mysticism, Family Life, and More

      EDINBURGH, Scotland, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Keith O'Brien called for a national effort to re-Christianize Scotland and urged resistance to tide of secularization, especially concerning the celebration of Christmas.

      At a National Mass on Saturday to mark his recent appointment to the College of Cardinals, the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh used his homily to defend Scotland's Christian values and to urge Christians in other denominations and all people of good will, to do likewise.

      At the Mass in St. Mary's Cathedral, he concluded with a call to "all our peoples to reconsider the basic Christian message which has been handed on and lived in our country for almost 2,000 years now."

      He also urged every local authority in Scotland to erect a Nativity scene in their area at Christmas.

      "I think it only appropriate that there be a Nativity scene at the center of the celebrations of each of our communities," he said. "Without this there is left a gaping hole at the heart of the season of good will."

      Excerpts from the homily appear below.

      Marriage and family life

      Since my appointment as cardinal I have shared with my own congregation's particular concerns which I also share with many people of good will.

      In our country as in many other countries throughout the world there is a deterioration in standards with regard to marriage and family life. I see it as one of my priorities to help our young people better prepare for the sacrament of matrimony; to have added support for them in their early years of married life; to give appropriate help in bringing up their children; and as they live out their married life to be enabled to learn from those in stable unions.

      At a recent meeting of the National Secretariat for the Laity of our Catholic Church, representatives of the main organizations, groups and movements in our Church, with a particular focus on working with families, spoke out about marriage and family life. Among other things they said the following:

      "It is in the best interests of Scottish society, and is therefore a duty incumbent on all who are active in public life, to respect and foster family life. All legislative and fiscal policy must take account of the effect that it will have on this core institution of our society and ensure that it is strengthened and not undermined."


      Marriage and family life is but one of the very many concerns which I and others have at this present time. I think that these concerns have grown in recent years quite simply because of the unwillingness of many people to recognize and reaffirm the Christian identity of Scotland and its peoples.

      Consequently I have seen as a major project for the years given to me to serve as cardinal the task of "Re-Christianization of Scotland." This is indeed a major task, a project upon which one should not enter upon lightly, and it is one which I cannot in any way face alone. Consequently I appeal at this celebration for the ongoing help and support of all members of my own Church. But I also appeal to the members of the other Christian Churches in our country as well as to our civic leaders who have been elected by them.

      Other concerns

      We might say at this present time that, despite the baptism of our country some 1,600 years ago, the message brought to us which found a ready audience among our ancestors is marginalized and ignored. As a people we are the poorer for it!

      At a time when our society craves the moral and spiritual compass our faith can provide, we see people of all ages turn to other influences and beliefs in the search for spiritual meaning in their lives. Yet the increase in New Age mysticism, alternative therapies, drug experimentation and secular humanism has been accompanied by a huge increase in discontent and unhappiness as measured in opinion polls and surveys.

      Our material well-being has not been matched by spiritual well-being. In the midst of our wealth and success it seems that as a people we are more fearful, pessimistic and depressed than ever!

      At a time when Christians and Christian leaders should be shouting from the rooftops about the benefits that come from belief in God, we seem paralyzed by our own predicament, wary of causing offense, and are all too willing to accept the conclusions of our detractors that Christians are a spent force in the land. As the message of Christ continues to illuminate the lives of millions of new believers around the world, here in the ancient land of Scotland, although we were among the first to hear the Gospel message, we no longer respond to it as once we did.

      We no longer seem to notice when our Christian identity is attacked and marginalized. We are not ready to respond to the attacks which take place at this present time with regard to our basic moral teaching.

      Even in recent days we have seen examples of attempts to de-Christianize our country. A major charity refused to allow its shops to sell products that have a Christian theme in the run-up to Christmas! Further, the great majority of Christmas cards have no mention of the word "Christmas." Mention is simply made of "Seasons Greetings," as if we were singling out this "Winter Season" as a time of special celebration.

      Causes of hope

      However I would hate you to think that I am being too pessimistic at this present time. Rather the opposite. I see in what I have already said above an outline of some of the challenges that I and others are called upon to face.

      My motto chosen some 18 years ago when I was appointed archbishop consisted of words from Psalm 99: "Serve the Lord with gladness!" And the theme for my own pastoral plan, chosen a few years ago is: "Together in Hope." I link these words with the words of Jesus to his first followers including St. Andrew: "Launch out into the deep!"

      There is no excuse for despair at this present time. Rather there is much to be grateful for. I call in you all to realize that:

      -- We live in a civil, democratic society, which sees freedom of religion as a cornerstone;

      -- We will not suffer the persecutions that many other countries endure when spreading and teaching their faith;

      -- There still exists a "bedrock of belief" upon which we can build.

      We realize that in our courts of law, oaths are still sworn on the Holy Bible; the two greatest festivals in the Christian calendar, Christmas and Easter, remain as holidays to be enjoyed and celebrated with our very calendar based on these events. Our Christian churches work more closely together than ever before and serve society in more ways than ever. At least three-quarters of our population describe themselves as "Christians."

      It is to our churches that we turn week in and week out, with 600,000 Scots each Sunday faithfully attending Christian churches to bear witness to their faith. As we know, it is also in time of national grief, shock or sorrow that it is to our Churches that people turn.

      Facing the future

      It is with all this in mind that I believe that the time has come for a concerted and determined effort to re-Christianize Scotland while also being aware of those of other faiths in our midst. It is in the spirit of collaboration that I call on women and men of good will in the Christian community to join me in this effort. I further ask our politicians in local and national government to respect the beliefs of the majority of our electors and the Christian origins of our country. I ask serious consideration to be given to the following points.

      1. I ask all our peoples to reconsider the basic Christian message which has been handed on and lived in our country for almost 2,000 years now. This is the standard by which we should be living our lives and the standard which we should be handing on to our young. We must focus on the fundamental teaching of Jesus Christ, first of all.

      2. I ask you all to recognize the feast of our patron saint, St. Andrew on 30 November each year. Help would be given in this if our Parliament recognized this day, St. Andrew's Day, as a national holiday. In this way, we bring to the fore the fact that as a country we have as our patron one of the great followers of Jesus Christ, who did spread the Christian message in an outstanding way.

      3. Aware that some 24 hours from now I will dedicate with other Christian leaders the city of Edinburgh's Nativity scene in Princes Street Gardens, I congratulate this city and all the city and town councils in Scotland who have erected such scenes. I would ask each and every council and community in Scotland to consider doing likewise.

      Aware of the remembrance memorials which are the focus of our prayer on Remembrance Sunday and aware also of the ways in which considerable sums of money are spent on Christmas displays, I think it only appropriate that there be a Nativity scene at the center of the celebrations of each of our communities. Without this there is left a gaping hole at the heart of the season of good will.

      4. I would call on all our peoples to ensure that there is a real Christian commemoration of the feast of Christmas by the cards that we send, the celebrations we undertake, and the way in which we observe Christmas Day itself. Surely there is value in our following the lead of parliamentary colleagues in Westminster and assure our shop workers that they need not face Christmas Day opening. Christmas is the time to think of one's family and the value of home life, rather than shop life.


      I indicated that I am aware of something of the enormity of the task facing me as an archbishop and as a cardinal at this present time. However I am also aware of the tremendous support and help which I have already received. I am sure that that support and help will continue in the years which lie ahead.

      I similarly offer my own help and support in every way possible to those who seek it and perhaps also to some of those who do not seek it in my future service. On a recent visit to one of our primary schools I was asked, "Why do cardinals always wear red?" I indicated that red is the color of blood and that throughout the Church's history cardinals have been called upon to shed their blood for Christ.

      Perhaps I will not be called upon to shed my blood literally. But I assure you that I will spend myself in service of Scotland, of Scotland's people, of all people of good will in the years which lie ahead.

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      Indian Episcopate Wants Halt to Social-Ethnic Conflict in Assam

      Appeals for Peace in Wake of Violence Against Hindi-Speakers

      NEW DELHI, India, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Anguished by a wave of violence in the state of Assam against natives of Bihar, the Indian episcopate appealed to the local and central governments to intervene to restore peace.

      "Violence, by no means, is an acceptable route to sort out social, religious and political issues," reads a statement of the Indian bishops' conference.

      The bishops noted "with alarm the increasing tendency in the country to resort to violence at the slightest provocation, which has cost the nation dearly."

      A week of violence in Assam caused the death of more than 50 Hindi-speaking people from other states who were residing in Assam. Economic problems are the cause of the conflict, which was soon used by rebel groups for their political ends, local authorities said.

      Police have attributed most of the killings to the National Front for the Liberation of Assam.

      "Migration of people from one part of the country to another is a democratic right" and leads to "greater national integration," the bishops of India noted in their Nov. 22 statement. Thus, any "attempt to undermine this aspect would be detrimental to the national interest" and must be "nipped in the bud."

      "The Catholic bishops of India earnestly appeal to the state government of Assam and the central government to take all measures to put an end to the disruptive agitation and to restore peace and amity among all sections of people," the statement concluded.

      Many citizens of Assam are distrustful of Hindi-speaking residents, whom they accuse of taking jobs away from them. The problem arose when the competition was announced for jobs in the state railroad company, a circumstance that attracted candidates from elsewhere, especially the poor state of Bihar.

      Activists of the Assam Student Union did not allow natives of Bihar to compete for the jobs. This angered the Bihar Student Association, which attacked Assam citizens in a train station two weeks ago.

      The incident unleashed violence against the natives of Bihar, some 15,000 of whom have left the state.

      The socio-ethnic conflict in Assam, in northeastern India, intensified last Monday when three Hindi-speaking people were killed and nine wounded by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

      A group of this rebel organization, which is struggling for the creation of an autonomous Bodo state within Assam, pretending they were the police, invaded the home of Bihar natives in the village of Khangkhlabari, in the northern district of Darrang. They dragged their victims outside and shot them.

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      Ecumenical Charter Promoted in Eastern Europe

      BUDAPEST, Hungary, NOV. 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A meeting of high-level representatives of Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and other Christian confessions gave new impetus to the Ecumenical Charter as an instrument to promote full unity.

      The meeting, held in Leanyfalu, Hungary, gathered representatives of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The four-day meeting ended today.

      The Ecumenical Charter, a brief document outlining guidelines to promote collaboration between the Churches and Christian communities in Europe, was signed in April 2001 by the CCEE and CEC presidents, and sent to all the Churches and episcopal conferences to be studied and implemented locally.

      The charter highlights the need to "overcome divisions still existing among us in order to proclaim the Gospel message more credibly to people."

      The gathering in Hungary heard reports from Eastern European countries on the signs of hope and the difficulties in the present ecumenical endeavor.

      Some 40 delegates attended the meeting, representing the Churches and episcopal conferences of 16 Eastern European countries.

      The text of the Ecumenical Charter in English may be read in RFT format at http://www.ccee.ch/english/fields/ecumenical.htm.


      Chapter Seven (continued)

      The positive approach to the ancient pagan authors that led to monks reading their writings has been attributed by some scholars to St. Jerome. "St. Jerome quoted the auctores, praised their virtues, compared the Prophet's figures of speech with the hyperboles of apostrophes of Virgil, called attention with evident gratification to the fact that Solomon recommends the study of philosophy and that St. Paul quotes verses by Epimenides, Menander and Aratus." (145).

      Considering the fact that the human authors of Sacred Scripture read and quoted pagan secular poets and philosophers in order to express truth and make points in their texts monasticism of both East and West always remained very open to secular pagan literature in order to learn from them and deepen their grasp of Sacred Scripture for texts that help illuminate points. Lectio divina embraces our intellect to appreciate the texts sometimes through the appreciation of ancient literature. Contemplating truth our hearts ascend to adore Truth Himself, Jesus Christ.

      Jean Leclercq, O.S.B., The Love of Learning and the Desire For God. A
      Study of Monastic Culture. (NY: Fordham University Press, 1961, 1974)
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      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'll always be safe."

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