Friday, April 18, 2008

Trying to Catch Up

Wow, I'm behind on events. Since my last update (although Gus has posted very recently) the Pope has landed in New York City, spoken at the United Nations, to the staff of the UN, at a Jewish synagogue and at St. Joseph's church for an ecumenical gathering. Unfortunately today was a trifle busy and I was unable devote my undivided attention to any of the above. Luckily all of his addresses are online at the links above. Below are a few very cool quotes from his latest address:
Paul's exhortation resounds with no less vigor today. His words instill in us the confidence that the Lord will never abandon us in our quest for unity. They also call us to live in a way that bears witness to the "one heart and mind" (Acts 4:32), which has always been the distinguishing trait of Christian koinonia (cf. Acts 2:42), and the force drawing others to join the community of believers so that they too might come to share in the "unsearchable riches of Christ" (Eph 3:8; cf. Acts 2:47; 5:14).

Only by "holding fast" to sound teaching (2 Thess 2:15; cf. Rev 2:12-29) will we be able to respond to the challenges that confront us in an evolving world. Only in this way will we give unambiguous testimony to the truth of the Gospel and its moral teaching. This is the message which the world is waiting to hear from us. Like the early Christians, we have a responsibility to give transparent witness to the "reasons for our hope", so that the eyes of all men and women of goodwill may be opened to see that God has shown us his face (cf. 2 Cor 3:12-18) and granted us access to his divine life through Jesus Christ. He alone is our hope! God has revealed his love for all peoples through the mystery of his Son's passion and death, and has called us to proclaim that he is indeed risen, has taken his place at the right hand of the Father, and "will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead" (Nicene Creed).
There are also videos of several the above events to be found here, and it seems they all shall be added shortly.
The next two events I am particularly excited for. They are:
Mass for priests, deacons and members of religious orders at St. Patricks Cathedral in the heart of New York City. Saturday, April 19, 9:00 AM Encore April 20, 1PM and 11PM.
Pope Benedict XVI meets with thousands of young people from around the country; the event includes a rally/prayer service and a speech from the Pope. Saturday, April 19, 4:00 PM Encore April 19, 8PM; April 20, 4AM.
(NB- all the times are eastern)
I can't wait to see these, and shall certainly attempt to post about them here as soon as possible.
Stay Tuned,

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