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Communications Published on December 2009
From (Mr.) IW @ USA - Published on December 31st, 2009
Benedict XVI gave a sermon on July with a favorable reference to Teilhard de Chardin (1).
Following is the entire text, with key parts in bold, and my comments in blue.
This all seems to be in line with his encyclical and other things Benedict has said and done.
If I have erred in my understanding of this, let me know. (2)
CELEBRATION OF VESPERS WITH THE FAITHFUL OF AOSTA (ITALY)
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
Cathedral of Aosta
Friday, 24 July 2009
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
First of all, I should like to say "Thank you" to you, Your Excellency, for your kind words of introduction to the great history of this Cathedral Church, thus making me feel that not only do we pray here, at this moment, but that we can pray through the centuries in this beautiful church.
And my thanks to all of you, who have come to pray with me, and in this way to manifest this network of prayer which binds us all at all times.
In this brief Homily I should like to say a few words about the prayer which concludes these Vespers as it seems to me that the excerpt from the Letter to the Romans which has just been read is interpreted and transformed here into prayer.
The prayer is composed of two parts: an address a heading, so to speak and then the prayer, which consists of two requests.
Let us begin with the address, which is also, in its turn, composed of two parts: here the "you" to whom we speak is made more specific, so that we can knock with greater force on the heart of God.
In the Italian text, we read simply: "Merciful Father". The original Latin is a little fuller; it says, "Almighty and Merciful God". In my recent Encyclical, I have tried to show the prime importance of God both in one's private life and in the life of society, of the world, of history.
Certainly the relationship with God is a profoundly personal matter, and the individual is a being in relationship with others. If the fundamental relationship that with God is not living, is not lived, then no other relationship can find its right form. But this is also true for society, for humanity as such. Here, too, if God is missing, if God is discounted, if he is absent, then the compass is lacking which would show the way forward, the direction to follow in relationships as a whole.
God! We must bring the reality of God back into our world, make him known and present.
[ Comment: what have the churchmen been doing, if not this? And if "the reality of God" is absent from the world, isn't this a symbolic admission that the Sacrifice has been taken away in most cases, and that Christ is not present now in the Eucharist? ]
But how can we know God? During the "ad limina" visits I always speak with the Bishops, in particular African Bishops, but also those from Asia and Latin America where traditional religions still exist, about these religions. They differ greatly from one another in many details, but they also share common elements. They all know that God exists, one God, that "god" is a singular noun, that the gods are not God, that God exists, God. But at the same time this God seems absent, far away, he does not seem to come into our daily lives, he hides, we do not know his Face. Therefore the religions deal for the most part with objects, with powers nearer to us, with spirits, ancestors and so on, since God himself is too far away, and so we have to make do with these closer powers. And the act of evangelization consists precisely in the fact that the distant God draws near, that he is no longer far away, but is close to us, that this "known and unknown" figure now makes himself truly known, shows his Face, reveals himself: the veil covering his Face disappears and he shows his true Face. And so, since God himself is now near us, we can know him, he shows us his Face and enters our world. There is no longer any need to make do with those other powers, because he is the true power, the Omnipotent.
I do not know why the word "omnipotent" has been omitted from the Italian text, but it is true that we feel a little threatened by the word "omnipotence": it seems to limit our freedom, it seems to be too strong. But we must learn that the omnipotence of God is not an arbitrary power, because God is Good, he is Truth, and therefore he can do anything, but he cannot act against good, he cannot act against truth, love or freedom, because he himself is good, love, and true freedom. And therefore nothing he does can ever be in contrast with truth, love and freedom. The contrary is true. He, God, is the guardian of our freedom, of love and of truth. This eye which looks upon us is not an evil eye watching us; it is the presence of love which will never abandon us but rather gives us the certainty that Good is being, Good is living: it is the eye of love that gives us the air to live.
Almighty and Merciful God. A Roman prayer, connected with the text of the Book of Wisdom, says: "O God, show your omnipotence through pardon and mercy". The summit of God's power is mercy, pardon. In our modern-day worldly concept of power, we think of someone who owns large estates, who has some say in the world of economics, who has capital and can influence the world of the market. We think of someone who has military power, who can threaten. Stalin's question, "How many armed divisions does the Pope have?" still characterizes the common idea of power. Whoever has power and many worldly effects may be dangerous, as he could threaten and destroy. But Revelations tells us. "It is not so"; true power is the power of grace and of mercy. In his mercy, God demonstrates true power.
And so the second part of this address says: "You have redeemed the world with the Passion, with the suffering of Your Son". God has suffered, and through his Son he suffers with us. This is the summit of his power, that he can suffer with us. In this way he demonstrates the true divine power: he desired to suffer with us and for us. In our suffering we are never left alone. God, through his Son, suffered first, and he is close to us in our suffering.
However a difficult question remains, one I cannot answer at length at this moment: why was it necessary to suffer to save the world? It was necessary because there exists in the world an ocean of evil, of injustice, hatred, and violence, and the many victims of hatred and injustice have the right to see justice done. God cannot ignore the cries of the suffering who are oppressed by injustice. To forgive is not to ignore, but to transform. God must enter into this world in order to set against the ocean of injustice a larger ocean of goodness and of love. And this is the event of the Cross: from that moment, against the ocean of evil, there exists a river that is boundless, and so ever mightier than all the injustices of the world, a river of goodness, truth, and love. Thus God forgives, coming into the world and transforming it so that there may be a real strength, a river of goodness wider than all the evil that could ever exist.
So our address to God becomes an address to ourselves: God invites us to join with him, to leave behind the ocean of evil, of hatred, violence, and selfishness and to make ourselves known, to enter into the river of his love.
This is precisely the content of the first part of the prayer that follows: "Let Your Church offer herself to You as a living and holy sacrifice". This request, addressed to God, is made also to ourselves. It is a reference to two passages from the Letter to the Romans. We ourselves, with our whole being, must be adoration and sacrifice, and by transforming our world, give it back to God. The role of the priesthood is to consecrate the world so that it may become a living host, a liturgy: so that the liturgy may not be something alongside the reality of the world, but that the world itself shall become a living host, a liturgy. This is also the great vision of Teilhard de Chardin: in the end we shall achieve a true cosmic liturgy, where the cosmos becomes a living host.
[ The host, after consecration, becomes the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Adoration of the Sacrament is adoration of Christ really present in the consecrated host. So ... it seems that Ratzinger wants us to make the world a living host, and then to adore it. Or have I misunderstood him? ]
And let us pray the Lord to help us become priests in this sense, to aid in the transformation of the world, in adoration of God, beginning with ourselves.
That our lives may speak of God, that our lives may be a true liturgy, an announcement of God, a door through which the distant God may become the present God, and a true giving of ourselves to God.
Then the second request. We pray: "Let Your people know always the fullness of Your love". The Latin text reads: "Satisfy us with Your love". The text refers to the Psalm we have sung, which says: "Open your hand and satisfy the hunger of every living creature". How much hunger there is on Earth, hunger for bread in many parts of the world: Your Excellency has also spoken of the suffering of the families here: hunger for justice, hunger for love. And with this prayer, we pray to God: "Open Your hand and satisfy fully the hunger of every living creature. Satisfy our hunger for the truth and for Your love".
So be it. Amen.
(1) Who is Teilhard de Chardin?
(2) You have grasped the well hidden essence of this homily - and of his soul..
From (Mr.) TC @ USA - Published on December 23rd, 2009
I saw this article [A new world order is taking shape (1)] today.
It is just a reminder to continue to pray and offer up all that we can.
I groan inside with things like this. I give it to the Lord and commit it to his Sacred Heart and ask Mary to intercede with her Son that He mitigate our sins and errors.
That all may be truly one in Christ, our Head, and all things be subject to Him.
May Mary be with you all at Christ's Mass!
(1) Reflections on the international situation in 2009 by Wu Jianmin, president of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies and a professor at the China Foreign Affairs Institute
From (Mr.) IW (1) @ USA - Published on December 17th, 2009
During the past week there was a special memorial mass in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. While vaguely aware that it would be broadcast live on EWTN, I had forgotten about it - until I accidentally channel surfed to it and watched. Perhaps God, in his unique sense of humor wanted me to see something. And I did.
Why was this in any way relevant to me?
2. I served mass with AB Sheen.
3. As you know, some of the personas (which includes certain 'stars' of EWTN and Opus Dei) I have had personal dealings with.
When I was a child in Catholic school, the nuns made one thing very clear to me: when you enter a church you enter into a House of God, knowing that He is literally present in the Tabernacle, and conduct yourself accordingly. Had this in any way not been understood by me or made manifest by my demeanor as an altar boy, I can assure you that I would not have been selected as the sole altar boy to serve public mass with Sheen, much less been allowed anywhere near him by the clergy!
Now what did I observe in the memorial mass?
1. The Prelates, OD/EWTN 'stars', and Diocesan clergy entering in procession were acting more like worldly business men entering a board meeting, noblesse oblige. The overt prevailing attitude was that of "Yawn...... let's get this over with so we can go out for some drinks!".
2. The Prelates in particular were more concerned with smiling and waving to their 'fans'. The balance of the Clergy were mostly either chatting and laughing with each other in procession.
More appropriate and focussed behavior can be seen at Shrine's conventions...........
For the balance of the mass, the clerics in the Sanctuary seemed overall to be bored, eager to 'get it over with'. The Eucharistic Banquet would seem to be something merely pro forma (and for the public consumption of the mind altered faithful pew sitters); whilst the true Sacrum Convivium was the 5 star formal dinner awaiting them in a world class hotel nearby.
.......while poor Lazarus the homeless starves outside in the cold.
The only thing which could make this macabre travesty worse was the music. Oh - all 'standard classics' decently performed. But coldly and unemotionally... mechanically. With not a whit of discernible religious sentiment coming through. Matching perfectly the internal faith of the assembled clerics.
The point of this and what I observed was not a hankering for mere external liturgical correctness, nor praise of Sheen (of whom I have my own opinion.....), but to make clear that the blind are leading the blind. Mere administrators hired to facilitate agendas. With only one over-arching Mandatum: obedience to the occupant of the Throne of Peter. That is the only inviolable Doctrine; all else being subject to change or intentionally confusing diversity. "Christ'... "God" are mere constructs; buzzwords useful only as a medium of control.
Why are these folks SO interested in 'canonizing' Fulton Sheen? His personal sanctity? Even if that were so, it would be a side issue. He is useful to them, to the Opus. As what comes through his many TV shows, etc. is: Company policy.
If, in all his writing, sermons, radio/tv appearance he actually did speak any of the Truth of the Gospel, that is beside the point, as far as Opus Dei is concerned. He is 'useful'. As is Mother Theresa, Cardinal Cooke.... and as would be Benedict Groeschel and Mother Angelica, were God to allow more time........
God be with you!
(1) We are well acquainted with "IW" - "Initials Withheld" - and we have never had reason to doubt the details and inside information he provides.
From (Ms.) BB @ USA - Published on December 12th, 2009 [Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ]
As the Israeli government continues to carry out the division of the Holy City and ushers in Armageddon.... we have entered the time foretold in Zechariah 12!
Their leaders have them on the same path to national suicide that ours do, the suicide of nation states and the creation of World Government. (1)
The only thing left is the abomination of desolation (2) mentioned in Daniel 12:11 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
(1) The Establishment of the New World/International Order
(2) Its symbolic manifestation
(3) For example
From (Mr.) IW @ US - Published on December 6th, 2009
During this week I traveled into the city and was using several modes of public transit to get around. While the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) claims that it is/is making the systems 'handicapped accessible', that is far from being the truth. Where elevators and escalator exist they are often broken, forcing the disabled to use the stairs.
In general, I observed that many people will obligingly get out of the way for the disabled, and give up a seat to them - though sometimes they have to be politely asked (despite large signs indicating this is the law!). But God showed me two things:
2. the (literal) twisted, angry face of persons who were obviously inhabited (or at least momentarily controlled by) an 'unclean spirit'.
I encountered two of the latter.
The first on a street. It seems that I (an amputee walking with a cane and trailing a rolling luggage bag) was not walking fast enough for him. He could have simply walked around me. But instead started screaming at me at the top of his lungs in language which would make a sailor blush. When he passed me I made a point of observing his face: it was un-naturally twisted in utter rage and more anger then I have seen on human faces. The depth and vehemence of the anger was more then mortal.
The second was on the stairs of a subway entrance. Due to construction the 'accessible' entrance was nonexistent, forcing me and my heavy bag on a slow, painful climb down the stairs. Obviously, I must use a handrail. A man was coming up the stairs, who saw me attempting to begin to descend - going one step and a time, very slowly - using my cane, holding the handrail (and somehow also carrying the luggage. He stopped and refused to move. I tried to politely ask him to let me pass, explaining that I am disabled and an amputee.
He loudly screamed inches away from my face that "you're not disabled...... you're not an amputee, now get the (blank) out of my (blank) way!!!". I repeated my request but he continued screaming in my face. There was plenty of room for him to pass around me. As I was getting nowhere, I implored others on the stair to please get a transit cop. Then the man screamed: "he's trying to rob me". Finally after a quick mental prayer he went around me, still carrying on. I said: "Christ be with you" as I walked down the stairs.
I felt a rush of sheer hatred from behind me (like a windless blast) - almost as if I sensed he might push me down the stairs. But I looked and he had vanished.
God showed me much here. The Mercy of his Will that some would help me; and His Protection that evil did not harm me - yet allowing me to see it on a level I had not really been aware of before.
I now realize what any anger I might have had to others in my life "looks like"; as if has an evil face all its own. I have prayed for those two afflicted souls - and for those who helped me.
God be with you!
Note from The M+G+R Foundation: In addition to the experiences our dear friend has shared with all via the above letter, we wish to remind all who have no physical handicap to thank God with every breath for not having to endure such test. The best way to thank God for this is to always be ready to extend (not force upon!) a helping hand to those who may be in need around us - and that includes young mothers struggling with little children as they go through their daily routines outside the home.
Amazingly enough, we should also thank God if we must endure such tests since He makes no mistakes. If He allowed it, the reason must then be good. Let us pray...
From TC @ US - Published on November 30th, 2009
I thought you might want to check this out - New EU Pres: A One Time Pro-Lifer, Devout Christian Now Touting "Global Management of Our Planet" (1)
I continue to keep all in prayer and offer up daily reparation as best I can (2).
(1) The Van Rompuy "flip-flop"
(2) Praised be God!
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