Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for is:
“That the human family may know how to respect God’s design for the world and thus become ever more aware of the great gift of God which Creation represents for us.”
Fr. J in Benedict the Re-Gatherer put it best and most succinctly… Our Holy Father is making great efforts to reach out and gather the faithful. In these troubled times, now more than ever, we need it.
B16 understands and recognizes what is at stake worldwide. Islam is growing because of its continued value of fertility, and many non-Catholic baptized Christians are adrift in a sea of unknowing. What the future holds for the places they called home is uncertain. Re-gathering the ranks, and strengthening the brethren is no small task.
Can you think of anyone else on the world seen remotely close to being up for this task? Any other Church that could go toe-to-toe with Islam, secularism, the sexual revolution, the post-modern era and actually stand a chance? Is any other cohesive expression and manifestation of Christianity actually growing? Read the rest of this entry »
5 bob to Overheard in the Sacristy
Now if they could just get +++Al to join them…
That Christians may use literature, art, and the media to greater advantage to favor a culture which defends and promotes the values of the human person.
That just as she accompanied the Apostles in the early stages of the Church, may the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of Evangelization and Queen of the Apostles, continue to guide missionaries throughout the world with maternal affection.
From The Pilot.
As I followed the pastoral visit of the Holy Father on television, switching between EWTN and FoxNews, I could not help but contemplate how far we have come. I remember the coverage of the visits to the United States of John Paul the Great in 1979 and 1987. Then the coverage focused on dissenters. The commentators wanted to know when the Church would change its teachings of life, sexuality, marriage and women. When would the Church come into the modern age and cease to cling to ideas that everyone knew were outdated? To the media it was clear, the Church was not attracting new vocations to the priesthood and religious life; it was not engaging the younger generation and if the Church didn’t come around quickly it would soon sink into irrelevance. The dissenters assured us change would come; it was only a matter of time.
By John Paul’s third visit in 1995, the critics recognized that things would not change under his pontificate, but they still held out the hope that he was a passing phenomenon. He was ill. His death was expected and then there would be a new pope who would bring the Church into the 20th century. By 1995, the pundits grudgingly admitted that John Paul had achieved rock star status, he had stopped the decline of vocations and he had attracted the young, but they consoled themselves with the belief that his successor would not be able to match his appeal. The critics were, however, less confident than they had been.
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Hmmm… Time Magazine’s 2008 list of the “100 Most Influential People” has quite a few familiar and not so familiar faces on it this year. A rather interesting mix.
Conspicuous by his absesnse from the list is an octegenarian German cleric who has his own micro-state in Europe. Not all that well known, but you might have seen brief glimpses of coverage (if you were watching closesly) of his recent visit to America. Rumor has it, he signed up and took a White House tour when he was here. (Maybe he was in the group of Girl Scouts rumored to have also toured that day…)
I suppose it is possible that a man who has made the cover and front page of newspapers and magazines around the world who leads a church of 1.1B, and got constant coverage for a visit he made to America ranks as the 101st most influential person in the world.
(BTW, the Dalai Lama was here at the same time the Pope was… Maybe I just don’t get the cable channels his all-day coverage was on.)
I can’t say I particularly covet secular accolades for the Pope in the secular media. It doesn’t bother me that they don’t.
More to the point, I am rather embarassed for Time which is either demonstrating a great deal of ideological bias or perhaps it is the case that the writers of this magazine don’t themselves actually read Time on a regular basis… If they did, they would likely begin to notice that Benedict XVI seems to get a lot more press than such a supposedly uninfluential person would otherwise garner.
When Pope Benedict passes unto his eternal reward, we will see what sort of TV coverage his funeral gets around the world. And than we will compare it one day to:
I bet the next time Shinya Yamanaka & James Thomson visit Washington and New York, half a million people will try to get tickets to go to any event they hold at the nearest baseball stadium!
Oh Time, how silly and uninfluential you have made yourself look!
AsiaTimes commentator “Spengler” wrote what is below on the day of the election of Pope Benedict XVI – interestingly, it seems to have been written and gone to print just before the election was announced.
Three years on, approaching the 3d anniversary of the pontificate of B16, and the events of the past 36 months, this is proving fascinating to review.
Spengler is best described, I think, as an Evangelical who has had some prophetic visions. I have written about him before on his vision of China and the future of Christianity. He is a man (actually, is he a man?) of big thoughts. Thoughts I don’t always agree with, but thoughts I can never ignore.
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What the Pope does on vacation…