Sunday, May 31, 2009
Among the many proofs of the boundless benignity of our Redeemer, there is one that stands out conspicuously, to wit the fact that when the charity of Christian people was growing cold, the Divine Charity itself was set forth to be honored by a special worship, and the riches of its bounty was made widely manifest by that form of devotion wherein worship is given to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge"
(Coloss. ii, 3).
____Pope Pius XI; Miserentissimus Redemptor. 1928
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
to Saint Philip
Philip, my glorious Advocate, teach me to look at all I see around me after thy pattern, as creatures of God.
Give me the grace to love all God’s works for God’s sake, and all men fore the sake of my Lord and savior who has redeemed me on the Cross.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Ascension of Christ means that he no longer belongs to the world of corruption and death, which conditions our life. It means that he belongs completely to God. He, the eternal Son, has taken our human being to the presence of God; he has taken with him flesh and blood in a transfigured form. Man finds a place in God through Christ; the human being has been taken into the very life of God. And, given that God embraces and sustains the whole cosmos, the Lord's Ascension means that Christ has not gone far away from us, but that now, thanks to the fact he is with the Father, he is close to each one of us forever. Each one of us may address him familiarly; each one may turn to him. The Lord always hears our voice. We may distance ourselves inwardly from him. We can live with our backs turned to him, but he always awaits us, and is always close to us.
_____ H.H. Benedict XVI, 2005