The mission given to the disciples is more urgent and more important than that of Elisha. The whole creation eagerly awaits that the Kingdom of God appears and is realized. Every moment is precious. Luke also uses the third example of a vocation to send a message to his communities. They cannot waste time in gossip, useless discussions, and debates on trivial matters while the world urgently needs the Gospel’s announcement.
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On this feast day, I’d like to highlight three things. The first is that she has her heart rooted in her Lord, and the best expression of that is in the Magnificat. Everything is seen from the perspective of God, and she can magnify and praise the Lord, her Savior, for all that happens in her life. The second is the audacity of her response in her fiat.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart has very ancient origins. It has spread in the Church especially starting from the seventeenth century through a French mystic, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. In her autobiography, this Visitation sister tells the revelations she had. She refers to the famous twelve promises of the Sacred Heart from which the pious practice of the nine first Fridays of the month was derived. It is on the inspiration of this saint that the feast of the Sacred Heart was established.
He is the patron of numerous dioceses; shrines and churches are dedicated to him, beginning with the ‘mother of all’ churches, St. John Lateran, built by Constantine. The name John—translated in every language—is the most common in the world. Many cities and countries were named after him (128 in Italy, 213 in France). The Baptist is also loved by the Muslims. They named the famous Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, a symbol of interfaith dialogue, after him. How do we explain this sympathy?
The Catholic Church in Ireland is “moving from maintenance to mission” and needs to renew and refresh itself, according to the head of the Irish Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin. Speaking to The Tablet after the closing liturgy for the national pre-synodal assembly at the sixth century monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise, Archbishop Martin said: “We are only at the beginning of something here.
When poorer dioceses devastated by floods, earthquakes and volcano eruptions seek assistance from richer dioceses, should the Philippine Church put up on its priority list the construction of a building for exorcism?
Jesus did not leave us a statue, a photograph, or a relic of himself. He wanted to continue to be present among his disciples as food. Food is not placed on the table to be contemplated but to be consumed. Christians who go to Mass but do not receive communion must be aware that they are not participating fully in the Eucharistic celebration.
I am very grateful to you for this invitation to reflect together on the relationship between global governance and the culture of encounter, taking as our guide the teaching of Pope Francis. From the beginning of his papacy, the Holy Father has encouraged us to see dialogue as the principal method for bringing the Gospel message of peace into our daily lives and into international relationships. The very word “encounter” points to the interplay of diplomacy, global governance and the search for peace.
Christians today celebrate the specific aspect of their faith: they believe in a Triune God. They believe that God is the Father who created the universe and directs it with wisdom and love; they believe that He did not remain in heaven but, in his image, the Son, came to make himself one of us; they believe that He brings his project of love to completion by his power, by his Spirit. Every idea or expression of God has an immediate impact on our identity. In every Christian, the face of God who is Father, Son and Spirit, must be recognizable.
Holy Father, the reality of the Church today is changing. It is becoming smaller and smaller in a secular, materialist Europe. At the same time, the Church is developing in Asia and Africa. What will the Church of the future be like? Will it be smaller, but more humble and authentic? What about the Church’s synodal journey? Where is it going?