Sunday, October 21, 2012

In the logic of love...

    "Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person."  ~ St Thérèse of Lisieux
“The fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council is an important occasion to return to God, to deepen and live with greater courage one's own faith, to strengthen membership of the Church, "the teacher of humanity," which, through the proclamation of the Word, the celebration of the Sacraments and the work of charity leads us to encounter and know Christ, true God and true man. This is not an encounter with an idea or a life plan, but a living Person who deeply transforms us, revealing to us our true identity as children of God. Our encounter with Christ renews our human relationships, guiding them, day by day, to greater solidarity and fraternity, in the logic of love. Having faith in the Lord is not something that affects only our intelligence, the area of ​​intellectual knowledge, but it is a change that involves life, all of our being: feelings, heart, intellect, will, body, emotions, human relationships. With faith everything really changes everything in us and for us, and our future destiny is clearly revealed, the truth of our vocation in history, the meaning of life, the joy of being a pilgrim towards the heavenly Kingdom.” 
Excerpt:  Holy Father's first catechesis in the Year of Faith, General Audience, Wednesday, 10/17/12

“The altar points our way to heaven.”  ~ St Louis Guanella
~ Father Jacques Berthieu (French)
~ Peter Calungsod (Filipino)
~ Father Giovanni Battista Piamarta (Italian)
~ Carmen Salles y Barangueras (Spanish)
~ Anna Schaffer (German)
~ Mother Marianne Cope (American) 
~ Kateri Tekeckwitha  (Native American)
All you holy men and women, pray for us!
2012 theme:   Pray and Give Generously

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