Wednesday, April 23, 2008
First: The Holy Father made his apostolic visit to the U.S. I had the great opportunity to be present at Pope Benedict's gathering with seminarians and youth at St. Joseph's seminary in Yonkers, NY. I also had the great luck to be in the "pit" of seminarians that were gathered at the foot of the stage. To be gathered with thousands of youth, many bishops and cardinals, and the Holy Father was an amazing experience I will not soon forget. Along with the experience of being in the presence of the Holy Father, the great message that he gave to us in NY was one that was profoundly simple. The transcript can be read here.
While this message is not a new one, it is one that is needed by the Church in America. Calling the youth of the American Church to courage, to be courageous on the face of the secular agenda that is at complete odds with the mission of Christ's Church on Earth. I for one am very pleased that the Holy Father took the time to address and encourage those who tend to be the most active and zealous about the faith; the youth.
Thank you Holy Father for be the Shepard of the Church and for calling all of us to LIVEour faith.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
As I was rooting through a few old blog entries I rediscovered some comments I made about a little book by His Eminence Dionigi Card. Tettamanzi, written when he was still in Genoa (presumably still being well served by Mons. Guido Marini). His Eminence’s book is called The Great Tempter, entitled in the original Italian Il Grande Tentatore (Edizioni Piemme, 2001).
In this useful little book, indeed on the book’s back cover, Card. Tettamanzi gives us ten salutary points by way of a “decalogue against temptation”:
- Do not forget that the devil exists.
- Do not forget that the devil is a tempter.
- Do not forget that the devil is very intelligent and astute.
- Be vigilant concerning your eyes and heart. Be strong in spirit and virtue.
- Believe firmly in the victory of Christ over the tempter.
- Remember that Christ makes you a participant in His victory.
- Listen carefully to the word of God.
- Be humble and love mortification.
- Pray without flagging.
- Love the Lord your God and offer worship to Him only.
In this time when the Enemy is savagely gnawing at the Body of the Church we must remember to pray in a special way both for our spiritual and physical daily bread, for there are more than one kind of hunger today, and also for the grace to resist wicked temptations and physical and spiritual attacks on the Church and her members from both within and without.