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“The Lord is calling me ‘out to the mountain’ to devote more time to prayer and meditation, but this does not mean I’m abandoning the Church.” –Pope Benedict XVI, in his final Sunday Angelus address as Pope.
I remember the last World Youth Day led by Pope John Paul II in 2002, in Toronto, Canada. I was standing in the immense sea of young adults at the end of the final Mass. At the close of World Youth Day, it was customary for John Paul to announce where the next World Youth Day was being held by saying, “I will see you at the next World Youth Day in…” A wave of sadness swept over me when he didn’t say those words. He simply announced where it would be. Silently he told us that he would not be there.
I remember also the first World Youth Day led by Pope Benedict XVI almost 8 years ago in his native Germany, 2005. The eyes of the world were on the new Pontiff. Perhaps unconsciously we were wondering how he would “perform” after what we had experienced with the leadership of John Paul II. I remember almost getting the goose bumps as I watched on TV the Vigil held at Marienfield the night before the Final Mass. After exposing the Blessed Sacrament for adoration, Benedict slipped away quietly, leaving all eyes on Jesus in the Eucharist, gazing on the mystery of his self-giving and limitless love by which we have been filled with eternal joy. Read more >>Read More
“And he said to them, ‘Come away privately, just yourselves, to a desert place and rest for a bit’ (Mk 6:31).”
“Oh, I can’t possibly. I’m so tired!” Have you ever heard yourself utter these words when invited to drop by Church after work for the rosary or a novena? And what about a few minutes for night prayer before retiring?
Now imagine what you will be doing with that half-hour or those few minutes you cannot spare. “But, I really am tired,” you say. Of course, you are tired from a day of working or even studying. You should be tired. But, does life end because we are tired? No, we come home and make supper, pick up the kids, walk the dog, clean the dishes, straighten and dust, pay some bills, prepare for tomorrow, and so much more. After that you are even more tired. Welcome to your very normal life! Read more >>Read More
May you be aware of all the places your feet carry you in the New Year and conscious that “The feet of those who bring glad tidings are blessed indeed.”
May you have compassion so deep that you can taste the tears of all your brothers and sisters who know pain and hurt in the far corners of the world.
May you be the one with welcome written… Read more >>Read More