Thursday, September 29, 2011

On the day of "my" dear Archangels

Thank you so much, my dear friends, for all the help and protection you have been giving me, all these years.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today's Audience - 28.9.11

Pope: in Germany I confirmed that indeed "where there is God the is a future"
At the general audience, Benedict XVI retraces the steps of his visit to Germany. God is not a danger to democracy and freedom. Just as religion requires freedom, so freedom needs religion. In the Bundestag I exposed the "foundation of law and free State of law, that is, the measure of all law, inscribed by the Creator in the very being of His creation."

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Confirmation that "where there is God, there is a future", that God is not a danger to democracy and freedom, and that as religion needs freedom, so too freedom needs religion, sharing "the joy of being Catholic," seeing that "faith in my native German has a young face, it is alive, it has a future": this is Benedict XVI summary of his visit to Germany from 22 to 25 of this month, retraced by the same Pope in his address to over 20 thousand people in St. Peter's Square for the general audience.

"Intense and wonderful days", "a great celebration of faith", an opportunity to "meet and speak to the people of God", but also an opportunity, at the Bundestag, the German Parliament, to "expose the foundation of law and free State of law, that is, the measure of all law, inscribed by the Creator in the very being of His creation. Therefore we must broaden our concept of nature, understanding it not only as a set of functions but beyond this as the language of the Creator to help us discern right from wrong".

Again during the Berlin leg of the visit, Benedict XVI recalls the meeting with representatives of the Jewish community, with whom "highlighted the fruits achieved thus far in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and Judaism in Germany” and the meeting with members of the Muslim community, “agreeing with them about the importance of religious freedom for the peaceful development of humanity".

The stage in Thuringia, the "land of the Protestant Reformation", was particularly dedicated to ecumenism. In Erfurt, the city where Martin Luther entered the Augustinian community and was ordained a priest, the Pope was "very pleased" with the meeting of the Council of Reformed Protestant Churches in Germany: "a cordial meeting that, in dialogue and in prayer, drew us more deeply towards Christ. We have again seen the importance of our common witness of faith in Jesus Christ in today's world which often ignores God or has no interest in Him. Our common efforts in the path towards full unity are necessary, but we are always well aware that neither the faith or unity so longed for are a product of our own. A faith created by ourselves is of no value, and true unity is rather a gift from God "," only Christ can give us this unity, and we will be ever more united in the extent to which we return to Him and allow ourselves to be transformed by Him ".

Benedict XVI described the celebration of vespers at the Marian shrine of Etzelsbach as “particularly moving”, a region that "always remained Catholic throughout the various vicissitudes of history" whose inhabitants "have courageously opposed the dictatorships of Nazism and communism."

In Erfurt, reminding patrons saints of Thuringia and "the shining example of the faithful who witnessed to the Gospel during the totalitarian regimes, I invited the faithful to be the saints of today, good witnesses of Christ, and to help build our society . In fact, they have always been saints and people imbued with the love of Christ to really transform the world". During the visit to Erfurt, Benedict XVI also had occasion to "meet some victims of sexual abuse by clergymen, whom I wanted to assure of my sorrow and my closeness to their suffering."

Of Freiburg, the Pope recalled the "very festive reception" and the prayer vigil with thousands of young people. "I was happy to see that faith in my native German has a young face, it is alive and has a future”. "I transmitted flame of the Paschal candle, symbol of light that is Christ, to the young people exhorting them: You are the light of the world. I repeated to them that the Pope is confident in the active collaboration of the youth; with the grace of Christ, they are able to bring the fire of God’s love to the world. "

Again in Freiburg, Benedict XVI met with the seminarians, "I wanted to show them the beauty and grandeur of their calling from the Lord" and representatives of the Orthodox Churches "to whom we Catholics feel very close. In fact, it is from this broad commonality that the common task to be leaven for the renewal of our society is derived. "

And finally in the great celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday at the Freiburg airport his thanks to volunteers from the charitable initiatives of the German Church. "I recalled that their valuable service will always be fruitful when it is born of an authentic faith and lives in union with the bishops and the Pope, in union with the Church. Finally, before my return, I talked to a thousand Catholics involved in the Church and in society, suggesting some reflections on the action of the Church in a secularized society, on the invitation to be free from material and political burdens to reflect God more transparently".
Picture by Evandro Inetti/ Zumapress/ Profimedia

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Pope in Germany - 23.9.11

Peter Steffen/ AFP/ Profimedia

The Pope in Germay - 22.9.11

Pope Warns Against Religious Apathy

On German Visit, Pontiff Addresses Falling Church Influence, as He Is Met With Reverence and Protests

BERLIN—Pope Benedict XVI warned against the growing apathy toward religion in his homeland on the first day of his first state visit to Germany that has drawn both the faithful and angry protesters.
Pope Benedict, with Ms. Merkel, arrived in Berlin Thursday, where he began a four-day visit to his native land.
"We are witnessing a growing indifference to religion in society, which considers the issue of truth as something of an obstacle in its decision-making, and instead gives priority to utilitarian considerations," Pope Benedict said after meeting with German President Christian Wulff. "Religion is one of these foundations for a successful social life."
Germans are struggling with challenges to church membership. Tens of thousands of people have left the German church this year, according to the German Bishops' Conference, though Catholics still account for roughly 30% of the country's roughly 80 million population. Some critics say aspects of the church are seen as outdated, including its disapproval of homosexuality and a limited role for women in leadership.
Additionally, though many here take pride in the pope's German roots, a recent sex-abuse scandal involving clergy has damaged the Catholic Church's standing in the country. Hundreds of sex-abuse allegations surfaced last year, prompting a series of investigations.
The pope celebrated an evening Mass Thursday in Berlin's historic Olympic Stadium, where he was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 60,000 and a sea of yellow Vatican flags. Some senior German politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, who isn't Catholic, also attended.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Germany late Thursday on his first state visit to a homeland still reeling from a clergy sex-abuse scandal that has fueled an exodus from the church. Laura Stevens on Lunch Break reports from Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
"It's an important experience for Berlin," said Julius Schantz, 64 years old, a Catholic who came hours before the Mass to make sure he was on time.
The pope also is scheduled to visit Erfurt and Freiburg during his four-day visit.
In his speech to parliament, he focused on the lessons to be learned from Germany's role in World War II and the place he hopes God will play in the country going forward.
Germans "have seen how power became divorced from right, how power opposed right and crushed it, so that the state became an instrument for destroying right—a highly organized band of robbers, capable of threatening the whole world and driving it to the edge of the abyss," he said. "To serve right and to fight against the dominion of wrong is and remains the fundamental task of the politician."
Hundreds of demonstrators, meanwhile, marched through Berlin's city center Thursday afternoon to protest the visit by the pope, who was archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1977 to 1982. Several adults who say they were abused by clergy members as children held a small rally at Brandenburg Gate, urging the pope and other church members to take firm steps to prevent further cases.
The pope is expected to meet privately with abuse victims during his visit, but he didn't address the issue publicly on Thursday.
The pope, who was elected in 2005, has made a central goal of his papacy reversing the decline of Catholic influence in Europe. But so far it has been a challenge, as clergy child sex-abuse scandals across Europe shake the church.
Still, the pope's visit has drawn an emotional response from the faithful across the country.
Mr. Schantz said that the scandal wouldn't drive him from the church and is seen by most Catholics as a surmountable problem that will not have a long-term effect.
"I can understand that there are protesters here, but in Berlin there are always protesters," he said.


Picture by Alessia Giuliani/ CPP/ Polaris/ Profimedia

It's the same complaint: the abuse of children damage the Church and the role of women. Thye should see better the good of the Church and not to keep reapeting the same old music.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Holy Name of Mary

O name of Mary! Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody to the ear of Her devout clients!
St. Anthony of Lisbon

12.September - Feast Day


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

The True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

Even Demons Believe and Tremble – A Story about the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

By: Msgr. Charles Pope

But let the record show that one day, almost 15 years ago, it was made quite plain to me that I held in my hands the Lord of Glory, the King of heaven and earth, the just Judge, and Ruler of the kings of the earth. Is the Lord truly present in the Eucharist? You’d better believe it, even demons believe that!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The shadow

The shadow
Even when we can not see him, his hand is always there!

At God's service