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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 5, Issue 13 FRIDAY 28 JANUARY 2005 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2005
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 5, Issue 13

      FRIDAY 28 JANUARY 2005

      Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church

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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      . ARMENIA: BUILD A SOLID AND LASTING PEACE
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      . PRIZE CHRISTIAN UNITY AS A GIFT FROM GOD
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . Convent Attacked in India
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      . World Youth Day Cross Taken to Site of Nazi Camp
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      . What the Pope's Message Says About the Elderly
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      . Pope's Message for 60th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz
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      . Papal Message for Lent 2005
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      ARMENIA: BUILD A SOLID AND LASTING PEACE

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 28, 2005 (VIS) - This morning John Paul II received the president of the Republic of Armenia, Robert Kocharian, recalling other meetings they had held, in the Vatican in 1999 and later in Yerevan in 2001, during the Pope's apostolic visit to Armenia.

      The Pope told the president of his "sincere appreciation for the good relations between the Holy See and the government of your country. I know that the Catholic community is welcomed and respected, and that its various activities contribute to the wellbeing of the entire nation."

      He went on: "Everyone earnestly hopes that the collaboration between the Holy See and the Armenian government will continue to grow and, where the situation calls for it, that eventual improvements to the status of the Catholic Church will be made."

      The Holy Father also gave assurances of the "friendly and respectful relations between the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church. This understanding, which is even more active thanks to the initiative of the Catholicos Karekin II, will certainly have positive repercussions for the peaceful coexistence of the entire Armenian people, who are called to face no small number of social and economic challenges."

      "I also hope," said the Pope., "that true and lasting peace comes to the region of Nagorno-Karabagh where you, President Kocharian, come from. This will come about by a decisive refusal of violence and a patient dialogue between the parties, thanks also to active international mediation."

      The Pope concluded by recalling that the Holy See, "which over the centuries has not failed to denounce violence and defend the rights of the weak, will continue to support all efforts aimed at building a solid and lasting peace."


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      PRIZE CHRISTIAN UNITY AS A GIFT FROM GOD

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 28, 2005 (VIS) - Twenty-seven members of the International Commission for Theological Dialogue between representatives of the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches were received in the Concistory Hall this morning by the Holy Father, who thanked His Grace Anba Bishoy for "his kind words" and extended "fraternal best wishes to my venerable brothers, the heads of your Churches."

      "I join you," said John Paul II, "in praying that the real bonds of communion between us may be further strengthened through a spirituality of communion which contemplates 'the mystery of the Trinity dwelling in us', and sees 'what is positive in others, to welcome it and prize it as a gift from God'. With these sentiments, I encourage your efforts to foster mutual understanding and communion between Christians of East and West, and I invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon your deliberations."


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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 28, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience Bishop Jose Sanchez Gonzalez of Siguenza-Guadalajara, Spain, on his "ad limina" visit.

      Yesterday the Holy Father received Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 28, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

      - Msgr. Michael Owen Jackels of the clergy of Lincoln, U.S.A., official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as bishop of Wichita (area 51,835, population 949,385, Catholics 115,482, priests 130, permanent deacons 3, religious 333), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Rapid City, U.S.A., in 1954, and ordained a priest in 1981.

      - Msgr. Jean Laffitte of the diocese of Autun, France, professor at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family, as under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family.


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      Convent Attacked in India


      BOMBAY, India, JAN. 27, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A convent of the Teresian Carmelites in Ambernath, near Bombay, was invaded by a group of assailants who desecrated a cross and left threatening messages behind.

      On Monday, the day after the attack, Dolphy D'Souza, vice president of the All India Catholic Union, and a spokesman for the Bombay Catholic Sabha, condemned the incident in a statement published by the country's episcopal conference.

      Some of the scrawled messages said: "Run away, we will come back"; "Go away, this country is ours"; "Now it is the cross, next time it will be your heads."

      The convent's superior, identified only as Sister Diana, told SAR News that the attack marked the first time the women religious had been threatened.

      "We do not know who the criminals are except that they claimed to belong to a Hindu group," she added. "We are not scared as we have dedicated our lives to the service of the poor and needy."

      The woman religious added that the police have promised to patrol at night to prevent further incidents.

      The Teresian Carmelites run three homes for the elderly in Bombay. They set up the fourth one in Ambernath in 2001.


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      World Youth Day Cross Taken to Site of Nazi Camp


      BERLIN, JAN. 27, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The World Youth Day cross and Icon of Mary were taken to the former concentration camp of Ravensbruck, as part of a pilgrimage of reconciliation through German dioceses.

      Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Berlin, Ravensbruck was the largest Nazi concentration camp for women.

      It was built in marshlands, during the winter of 1938-39, by Sachsenhausen-camp convicts. Planned for 15,000 prisoners, more than 100,000 women from some 20 countries were crowded into its quarters.

      The World Youth Day cross, a gift of John Paul II's, is regarded as the symbol of the young peoples' event. Since 1984, it has been taken all over the world as a sign of reconciliation.

      The cross already has been taken to 26 European countries, in preparation for the Youth Day to be held in Cologne next August.

      The cross was taken to the German Bundestag last Monday, the first time it was received in a parliament


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      What the Pope's Message Says About the Elderly
      According to Bishop Léonard, Philosopher and Theologian

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 27, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Bishop André-Mutien Léonard of Namur, Belgium, was called to Rome to present this year's papal Lenten Message, which is an appeal to love the life of the elderly.

      In this interview with ZENIT, Bishop Léonard, 64, explains that the theme of the message -- "Loving the Lord ... means life to you, and length of days" -- is particularly forceful, as the one who writes is an elderly man who shows the world every day that all life is worth living.

      Q: You have just presented, together with Archbishop Paul Cordes, John Paul II's Message for Lent 2005. The Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" calls the attention of Catholics every year to the charitable dimension of Lent. This year, John Paul II has called you, who are a philosopher, theologian and pastor, to present this message. What is the novelty?

      Bishop Léonard: What is characteristic of this message is that it calls attention to the condition of elderly people.

      In Western countries, where the demography is generally catastrophic and where a very marked aging of the population will be experienced, this issue will be very important. Therefore, it is important to take into account some points of reference.

      Moreover, this message has another amazing characteristic; it is written by an elderly Pope, profoundly marked by suffering and sickness. When John Paul II reminds us that one cannot say that a person, weakened by sickness or age, is useless and is no more than a burden to society, his word is incarnated in the witness he gives to the world.

      His recent pilgrimage to Lourdes was, from this point of view, of exceptional eloquence. A sick one among the sick, at the limit of his strength, he witnessed in the name of all persons eroded by age or sickness, that they always have an important place in society.

      The testimony of the Pope's weakness is perhaps the strongest of all his pontificate. Already St. Paul had said, "My power is made perfect in weakness."

      Q: To whom is the message addressed? to specialists? to people with the capacity to make decisions?

      Bishop Léonard: This message, clearly, is addressed implicitly to politicians and those responsible for public health, encouraging them in face of temptations which suggest that life advanced in age, disabled or terminal, does not really merit all the respect due to a human person.

      At the same time, seeing the positive sides of present-day society, the Pope promotes forcefully the progress made in supporting very elderly or sick people, especially thanks to the development of palliative care.

      However, beyond public authorities or health specialists, John Paul II addresses each one of us so that, wherever we are, and first of all in the family realm, we show respect and esteem for older people.

      Q: John Paul II wrote the encyclical "Evangelium Vitae," and, before that, the instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith "Donum Vitae" was published. Have these teachings been welcomed by Christian communities? What must be done so that they will be transmitted to the younger generations, and lived?

      Bishop Léonard: "Evangelium Vitae" and "Donum Vitae" are treasures that are largely unknown and little used. It is up to pastors, bishops and priests especially to make them known, to have them pass through the media, and touch the hearts of young people. Often, these texts are put aside regarded primarily as a series of prohibitions.

      In this way, there is the impression that the Church always says "no" to everything. However, the Church says "yes" first of all to the dignity of the human person, which implies immediately, of course, to say "no" to everything that harms him.

      Whoever says "no" to dictatorship says "yes," above all, to democratic liberties. Whoever says "no" to anti-Semitism or racism, says "yes," above all, to respect for the human person, regardless of his or her race or religion.

      In the same way, when the Church says "no" to abortion or euthanasia, it is saying "yes" to the personal dignity of what we all once were, a human embryo and fetus, and what, perhaps, we will be one day, namely, a person who is economically not profitable and biologically poorly endowed. But at all times, such persons are human persons worthy of infinite respect.

      Q: This message on life is published on the anniversary of the commemoration of the discovery of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Pope sent Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, as papal legate. Perhaps it is an accident, but isn't it a question in the end of learning to love and respect human life so that such a tragedy will not be repeated? Don't you think that in defending life we are fighting against the "demons" inherited from the past?

      Bishop Léonard: I don't think this coincidence was desired, and it would not be appropriate to take advantage of it, assimilating problems that are extremely different, although they have in common the crucial issue of absolute respect for the innocent human person.

      In any case, it is historically true that National Socialism made use of theses such as those of Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche who, in 1922, and without any relation to Hitler's anti-Semitism, legitimated juridically and medically "the destruction of lives that are not worth living."

      Whoever opens the door to euthanasia, should be aware of the demons he or she runs the risk of welcoming.

      Q: This is a Lenten message. What consequences could it have for the life of believers during these 40 days?

      Bishop Léonard: In his message, the Pope reminds us that elderly people in general have more time to pay more attention to the most profound questions of life, death and eternity. It's true.

      But without the need of waiting until we are old or sick -- although perhaps we are already in this situation -- we can learn from them.

      To think of old age and of the end of life on earth is not to think of something lugubrious or macabre. On the contrary, it sheds a bright light on our present existence and leads us to appreciate better each instant of our present life. From this point of view, John Paul II's message is also stimulating.



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      Pope's Message for 60th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz
      "No One Is Permitted to Pass by the Tragedy of the Shoah"

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 27, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is the message John Paul II sent through Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris and special papal legate, for the commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland, which took place today.


      Sixty years have passed since the liberation of the prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. This anniversary calls us to ponder once again the drama which took place there, the final, tragic outcome of a program of hatred. In these days we must remember the millions of persons who, through no fault of their own, were forced to endure inhuman suffering and extermination in the gas chambers and ovens. I bow my head before all those who experienced this manifestation of the "mysterium iniquitatis."

      When, as Pope, I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 1979, I paused before the monuments dedicated to the victims. There were inscriptions in many languages: Polish, English, Bulgarian, Romany, Czech, Danish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, Flemish, Serbo-Croat, German, Norwegian, Russian, Romanian, Hungarian and Italian. All these languages spoke of the victims of Auschwitz: real, yet in many cases completely anonymous men, women and children. I stood somewhat longer before the inscription written in Hebrew. I said: "This inscription invites us to remember the people whose sons and daughters were doomed to total extermination. This people has its origin in Abraham, our father in faith (cf. Romans 4:11-12), as Paul of Tarsus has said. This, the very people that received from God the commandment, 'You shall not kill,' itself experienced in a special measure what killing means. No one is permitted to pass by this inscription with indifference."

      Today I repeat those words. No one is permitted to pass by the tragedy of the Shoah. That attempt at the systematic destruction of an entire people falls like a shadow on the history of Europe and the whole world; it is a crime which will forever darken the history of humanity. May it serve, today and for the future, as a warning: There must be no yielding to ideologies which justify contempt for human dignity on the basis of race, color, language or religion. I make this appeal to everyone, and particularly to those who would resort, in the name of religion, to acts of oppression and terrorism.

      These reflections have remained with me, especially when, during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Church celebrated the solemn penitential liturgy in Saint Peter's, and I journeyed as a pilgrim to the Holy Places and went up to Jerusalem. In Yad Vashem -- the memorial to the Shoah -- and at the foot of the Western Wall of the Temple I prayed in silence, begging forgiveness and the conversion of hearts.

      That day in 1979 I also remember stopping to reflect before two other inscriptions, written in Russian and in Romany. The history of the Soviet Union's role in that war was complex, yet it must not be forgotten that in it the Russians had the highest number of those who tragically lost their lives. The Roma were also doomed to total extermination in Hitler's plan. One cannot underestimate the sacrifice of life which was imposed on these, our brothers and sisters in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. For this reason, I insist once more that no one is permitted to pass by those inscriptions with indifference.

      Finally I paused before the inscription written in Polish. There I recalled that the experience of Auschwitz represented "yet another stage in the centuries-old struggle of this nation, my nation, for its fundamental rights among the peoples of Europe. Yet another loud cry for the right to have a place of its own on the map of Europe. Yet another painful reckoning with the conscience of humanity." The statement of this truth was nothing more or less than a call for historical justice for this nation, which had made such great sacrifices in the cause of Europe's liberation from the infamous Nazi ideology, and which had been sold into slavery to another destructive ideology: that of Soviet Communism. Today I return to those words -- without retracting them -- in order to thank God that, through the persevering efforts of my countrymen, Poland has taken its proper place on the map of Europe. It is my hope that this tragic historical experience will prove to be a source of mutual spiritual enrichment for all Europeans.

      During my visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, I also said that one should pause before every one of the inscriptions. I myself did so, passing in prayerful meditation from one to the next, and commending to the Divine Mercy all the victims from all those nations that experienced the atrocities of the war. I also prayed that, through their intercession, the gift of peace would be granted to our world. I continue to pray unceasingly, trusting that everywhere, in the end, there will prevail respect for the dignity of the human person and for the right of every man and woman to seek the truth in freedom, to follow the moral law, to discharge the duties imposed by justice and to lead a fully human life (Cf. John XXIII, encyclical letter "Pacem in Terris": AAS 55 [1963], 295-296).

      In speaking of the victims of Auschwitz, I cannot fail to recall that, in the midst of that unspeakable concentration of evil, there were also heroic examples of commitment to good. Certainly there were many persons who were willing, in spiritual freedom, to endure suffering and to show love, not only for their fellow prisoners, but also for their tormentors. Many did so out of love for God and for man; others in the name of the highest spiritual values. Their attitude bore clear witness to a truth which is often expressed in the Bible: Even though man is capable of evil, and at times boundless evil, evil itself will never have the last word. In the very abyss of suffering, love can triumph. The witness to this love shown in Auschwitz must never be forgotten. It must never cease to rouse consciences, to resolve conflicts, to inspire the building of peace.

      Such, then, is the deepest meaning of this anniversary celebration. We remember the tragic sufferings of the victims not for the sake of reopening painful wounds or of stirring up sentiments of hatred and revenge, but rather in order to honor the dead, to acknowledge historical reality and above all to ensure that those terrible events will serve as a summons for the men and women of today to ever greater responsibility for our common history. Never again, in any part of the world, must others experience what was experienced by these men and women whom we have mourned for sixty years!

      To those taking part in the anniversary celebrations I send my greetings, and upon all I invoke the blessings of Almighty God.

      From the Vatican, 15 January 2005

      IOANNES PAULUS II

      [Translation of Polish original issued by the Vatican press office; adapted here]


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      Papal Message for Lent 2005
      "Loving the Lord ... Means Life to You, and Length of Days"

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 27, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of John Paul II's Message for Lent 2005, published today by the Vatican.

      Message of His Holiness
      John Paul II
      For Lent 2005

      Dear Brothers and Sisters!

      1. Each year, the Lenten Season is set before us as a good opportunity for the intensification of prayer and penance, opening hearts to the docile welcoming of the divine will. During Lent, a spiritual journey is outlined for us that prepares us to relive the Great Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ. This is done primarily by listening to the Word of God more devoutly and by practicing mortification more generously, thanks to which it is possible to render greater assistance to those in need.

      This year, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to bring to your attention a theme which is rather current, well-illustrated by the following verse from Deuteronomy: "Loving the Lord ... means life to you, and length of days..." (30:20). These are the words that Moses directs to the people, inviting them to embrace the Covenant with Yahweh in the country of Moab, "that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him" (30:19-20). The fidelity to this divine Covenant is for Israel a guarantee of the future: "that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them" (30:20). According to the biblical understanding, reaching old age is a sign of the Most High's gracious benevolence. Longevity appears, therefore, as a special divine gift.

      It is upon this theme that I would like to ask you to reflect during this Lent, in order to deepen the awareness of the role that the elderly are called to play in society and in the Church, and thus to prepare your hearts for the loving welcome that should always be reserved for them. Thanks to the contribution of science and medicine, one sees in society today a lengthening of the human life span and a subsequent increase in the number of elderly. This demands more specific attention to the world of so-called old age, in order to help its members to live their full potential by placing them at the service of the entire community. The care of the elderly, above all when they pass through difficult moments, must be of great concern to all the faithful, especially in the ecclesial communities of Western societies, where the problem is particularly present.

      2. Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each of its stages. The Commandment "You shall not kill!" always requires respecting and promoting human life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is a command that applies even in the presence of illness and when physical weakness reduces the person's ability to be self-reliant. If growing old, with its inevitable conditions, is accepted serenely in the light of faith, it can become an invaluable opportunity for better comprehending the Mystery of the Cross, which gives full sense to human existence.

      The elderly need to be understood and helped in this perspective. I wish, here, to express my appreciation to those who dedicate themselves to fulfilling these needs, and I also call upon other people of good will to take advantage of Lent for making their own personal contribution. This will allow many elderly not to think of themselves as a burden to the community, and sometimes even to their own families, living in a situation of loneliness that leads to the temptation of isolating themselves or becoming discouraged.

      It is necessary to raise the awareness in public opinion that the elderly represent, in any case, a resource to be valued. For this reason, economic support and legislative initiatives, which allow them not to be excluded from social life, must be strengthened. In truth, during the last decade, society has become more attentive to their needs, and medicine has developed palliative cures that, along with an integral approach to the sick person, are particularly beneficial for long-term patients.

      3. The greater amount of free time in this stage of life offers the elderly the opportunity to face the primary issues that perhaps had been previously set aside, due to concerns that were pressing or considered a priority nonetheless. Knowledge of the nearness of the final goal leads the elderly person to focus on that which is essential, giving importance to those things that the passing of years do not destroy.

      Precisely because of this condition, the elderly person can carry out his or her role in society. If it is true that man lives upon the heritage of those who preceded him, and that his future depends definitively on how the cultural values of his own people are transmitted to him, then the wisdom and experience of the elderly can illuminate his path on the way of progress toward an ever more complete form of civilization.

      How important it is to rediscover this mutual enrichment between different generations! The Lenten Season, with its strong call to conversion and solidarity, leads us this year to focus on these important themes which concern everyone. What would happen if the People of God yielded to a certain current mentality that considers these people, our brothers and sisters, as almost useless when they are reduced in their capacities due to the difficulties of age or sickness? Instead, how different the community would be, if, beginning with the family, it tries always to remain open and welcoming towards them.

      4. Dear brothers and sisters, during Lent, aided by the Word of God, let us reflect upon how important it is that each community accompany with loving understanding those who grow old. Moreover, one must become accustomed to thinking confidently about the mystery of death, so that the definitive encounter with God occurs in a climate of interior peace, in the awareness that He "who knit me in my mother's womb" (cf. Psalm 139:13b) and who willed us "in his image and likeness" (cf. Genesis 1:26) will receive us.

      Mary, our guide on the Lenten journey, leads all believers, especially the elderly, to an ever more profound knowledge of Christ dead and risen, who is the ultimate reason for our existence. May she, the faithful servant of her divine Son, together with Saints Ann and Joachim, intercede for each one of us "now and at the hour of our death."

      My Blessing to All!

      From the Vatican, September 8, 2004

      JOHN PAUL II

      [Translation issued by the Vatican press office]


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      CHAPTER EIGHT: HE IS NEVER ALONE (Continued)


      3. An Image of Lectio

      D. Contemplatio

      Contemplation, the mandala tells us, is "when we find ourselves just present" before God. The key phrase here is: "when we find ourselves"---meaning that we arrive at a consciousness, an awareness, alert to and cognizant of God's divine presence. God is everywhere. He is omnipresent, meaning everywhere at the same time. In physics there is a law of impenetrability where no two things can occupy the same space at the same time. Conversely, nothing can be in two places at the same time. This is not true of God. God occupies our space with us---he is not only with like our exterior companions in this life, but within us. Even his mystics share in this grace when God gives it to them, called bilocation, i.e., being in two places at the same time. Contemplation, then, like bilocation is a gift of God allowing us to share in his omniscience, i.e., knowledge of all things, and in particular, the immediate and direct knowing and experience of his omnipresence. This gift makes us aware of God's eternal presence in a very special conscious way. Contemplation is a special gift from God, causing us to confidently assert that: "It is not a product of our work or a reward for it." (89)

      E. Compassio

      Compassio, or compassion comes from the Latin com + passio, meaning "to bear with". To have compassion emotively, i.e., with one's emotions, one must have full psychological awareness, drawn from one's whole person and personality. Compassion is the state of mind and awareness that compunctionally empathizes with the suffering of all human persons and even with the tragic condition in the material world. Through God's transforming grace conforming us to the Divine Image or Icon of Jesus Christ we have taken on God's own mind and heart as our own to which we have become united and experience in an authentic real sense "oneness". This transformation of attitude and values that dispose our hearts open our eyes to the broken and smashed icon of God in all material creation in this tragic condition of fallen nature due to original sin. Physicist, physicians, chemists, geologists and so on, study fallen nature, i.e., they grasp the current condition of matter and its complexities in composing the things of this world. We do not know an imperfect world. You do not need to be a mystic to know that we live on a fallen planet filled with fallen people. It is a tragic broken world, broken society filled with broken families, broken hearts and lives. Compassio is the state and condition that allows us to see things through God's eyes. God alone has authentic compassion for the tragic fallen and broken world and fallen human people of all history. This compassion of God moved his Sacred Heart to become man, suffer and die, to Rise again, enabling him with justice and truth to compassionately offer salvation to every human being of any age or period of time. Compassio is like contemplatio, a gift of God, sharing in his Sacred Heart's movements of compassion for ourselves, others, and the fallen material world we live in.

      F. Operatio

      God has created us with free will to be responsible for ourselves and take responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. Depending on our current state or condition, we must be responsible for our physical well being taking care of our body's health to perform those duties God has assigned us to do in this life. God also expects of us to use our intellect, develop our minds to our capacity in order to better know him, love him and serve him in this world. Falling on our responsibility is caring (compassio) for others, put into action. Depending on our condition we must act responsibly to do what we can for the benefit of others. For some this might mean praying fervently for others. For some it might mean donating money, time, talent, skill or ability, or material goods needed in helping others less fortunate. We are all responsible for one another. Operatio, then, is not only an awareness of this God given responsibility, but also, a fervent desire to serve. Who, adoring God, would not rejoice to serve Him? There can be no other joy, no other cause to live, or other meaning of life available to one whose eyes are open to contemplate the Holy Face of Christ, adore him eye to eye, share his love and compassion for ourselves, others and the world, but to serve Him with alacrity, agility, and haste with introspection and forethought. Our intention is purified doing things out of devotion and the urgent sense of service God is due for the sake of his Holy Name---to be held holy, honored and adored by every human person.


      Rev. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Lectio Divina. Renewing the Ancient
      Practice of Praying the Scriptures. (Crossroad, NY, 1998) ISBN 0-8245-
      1779-2 (hardcover); ISBN 0-8245-1736-9 (paperback).

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      6. CHANTED ROSARY ONLINE
      <http://www.monksofadoration.org/rosarych.html>

      DOWNLOAD FREE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY
      <http://www.virtualrosary.org/>

      Our Father Movie
      <http://www.dayspring.com/movies/webmovies/lordsprayer.html>

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      7. CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY ONLINE
      <http://www.markhargrave.com/chaplet.html>

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      8. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/dolores_immacolata.htm>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37>

      Need a Miracle?
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/55>

      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/117>

      MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
      collect, and publish information on Dolores Immacolata Gili (1892-
      1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God, as
      well as to promote her cause and toperpetuate her cult by directing
      prayer groups assembled in her honor. It has continuously enjoyed the
      ecclesiastical approval of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, and the Most
      Reverend John Joseph Myers, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
      of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili, or, for more information about the
      cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011

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      9. ABBAYE SAINT-JOSEPH DE CLAIRVAL

      The Benedictine monks of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval mail a free
      monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it. Also free of charge
      are: the tract about the divinity of Jesus Christ; tract about the
      Truths of the Catholic Religion; scapular of Our Lady of Mount
      Carmel, with explanatory notice; the promises of the Sacred Heart;
      the mysteries of the Rosary.

      Sample Newsletter

      <http://www.clairval.com/lettre.cgi?language==EN>

      Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval

      21150 FLAVIGNY-SUR-OZERAIN
      France

      Phone.: 03 80 96 22 31
      Fax: 03 80 96 25 29
      Email: <englishspoken@c...> or
      <stjoseph.flavigny@l...>

      <http://www.clairval.com>

      10. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online
      <http://www.ccel.org/k/kempis/imitation2/htm/i.htm>

      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online
      <http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/kempis.html>

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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OFMARY

      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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      DAILY REMINDER

      "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'll always be safe."

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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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