Our relationship with God is established through communion with Jesus - we cannot achieve it alone or from our own resources alone. The relationship with Jesus, however, is a relationship with the one who gave himself as a ransom for all. Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his "being for all"; it makes it our own way of being. He commits us to live for others, but only through communion with him does it become possible truly to be there for others, for the whole. (Spe Salvi)
We have a brother-and-sister team who will be guest-blogging about the Pope's historic visit to the U.S. this week. Ria (age 14) and Gus (age 12) look forward to following the coverage on EWTN and elsewhere and sharing some tidbits with you here. They are both big fans of Pope Benedict XVI and are involved in a weekly discussion group that has been studying a number of the Pope's writings - including Deus Caritas Est, Sacramentum Caritatis and Jesus of Nazareth - for the last year and a half or so.
First, a little tip: We heard from Leticia the lovely suggestion (which she heard on EWTN) of ringing bells in your own home at the time the Holy Father's plane lands in the U.S. (4:00 pm. Eastern time).