Now that I have seen this instruction, I will, of course, obey it. And now that it is shown to me I must admit that it makes perfect sense.
Here is a link to a pdf of the letter from Cardinal Arinze
The spiritual man who has been thus illumined does not limp or leave the path, but bears all things. Glimpsing our true country from afar, he puts up with adversities; he is not saddened by the things of time, but finds his strength in God.from a Sermon by John the Serene, from today's Office of Readings
While I renew with affection the expression of my full and unquestionable solidarity with our brothers receivers of the First Covenant, I hope that the memory of the Shoah leads mankind to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man.
May the Shoah be for all a warning against forgetfulness, against denial or reductionism, because the violence against a single human being is violence against all. No man is an island, a famous poet write. The Shoah particularly teaches, both old an the new generations, that only the tiresome path of listening and dialogue, of love and of forgiveness lead the peoples, the cultures, and the religions of the world to the hoped-for goal of fraternity and peace in truth. May violence never again crush the dignity of man!
"When Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience in 1990 that 'also the
animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren'
some people must have thought this was a new teaching, unaware of the Holy Father's
scholarly familiarity with the authentic Hebrew texts. When he went on to state that all
animals are 'fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect' and that
they are 'as near to God as men are', animal lovers in the audience were ecstatic! The
Pope mentions the special relationship of mankind with God as being created in His image
and likeness. 'However,' he goes on 'other texts state that animals have the breath of
life and were given it by God. In this respect, man, created by the hand of God, is
identical with all other living creatures. And so in Psalm 104 there is no distinction
between man and beasts when it reads, addressing God: " … Thou hidest thy face,
they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou
sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."
The existence therefore,' the Holy Father reminds us, 'of all living creatures depends on
the living spirit/breath of God that not only creates but also sustains and renews the
face of the earth.'
This discourse caused a stir around the world, and was especially encouraging to
Catholic animal welfare groups which had begun to despair that anything 'animal friendly'
would ever be heard in Rome. The then professor of theology and dogma at the University of
Urbino, Carlo Molari, called it 'very important and significant. It is a "sign of the
times" because it demonstrates the Church's desire and deep concern to clarify
present confused thinking and attitudes towards the animal kingdom. There should be no
need, but the Pontiff, in reiterating that animals came into being because of the direct
action of the "breath" of God, wanted to say that also these creatures, as well
as man, are possessed of the divine spark of life and that living quality that is the
soul. And are therefore not inferior beings or only of a purely material reality.' "
I would like to discover which audience this is from, as the topic is of lively interest to me.
I am delighted to find all-creatures.org, a Catholic pro-animal website and resource.
Thanks to Matthew Warner for this. Yesterday i was feeling rather tempted to feeling overwhelmed, possibly discouraged, wondering if--as I do sometimes--I was planning to tackle more than was prudent. Well, so much for that!
Lately my prayer has been: "Lord give me the grace to witness for you in how I carry out my daily duties." Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
You’re St. Jerome!
You’re a passionate Christian, fiercely devoted to Jesus Christ and his Church. You are willing to labor long hours in the Lord’s vineyard, and you have little patience with those who are less willing or able to work as you do. Your passions often carry you into temptation zones of wrath, lust, and pride.
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There is also a special concept that is typical of these two letters, and it is the concept of "mystery." Once the "mystery of the will" of God is spoken of (Ephesians 1:9) and other times, the "mystery of Christ" (Ephesians 3:4; Colossians 4:3), or even the "mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:2-3).
This makes reference to the inscrutable divine design over the destiny of man, of peoples and of the world. With this language, the two epistles tell us that it is in Christ where the fulfillment of this mystery is found. If we are with Christ, even though we cannot intellectually understand everything, we know that we are in the nucleus and on the path of truth. He is in his totality, and not only one aspect of his person or one moment of his existence, he who gathers in himself the plenitude of the unsearchable divine plan of salvation.
In him takes shape what is called the "manifold wisdom of God" (Ephesians 3:10), since in him "dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily" (Colossians 2:9). From now on, then, it is not possible to think of and adore the approval of God, his sovereign disposition, without confronting ourselves personally with Christ in person, in whom the "mystery" is incarnate and can be tangibly perceived. Thus one comes to contemplate "the inscrutable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8), which is beyond all human understanding.
It is not that God has not left the mark of his passing, since Christ himself is the footprint of God, his maximum mark, but rather that one realizes "what is the breadth and length and height and depth" of this mystery "that surpasses knowledge" (Ephesians 3:18-19). Mere intellectual categories here prove insufficient, and recognizing that many things are beyond our rational capacities, we should trust in the humble and joyful contemplation, not just of the mind, but also of the heart. The fathers of the Church, on the other hand, tell us that love understands much more than reason alone.
Another in this excellent series. I am thinking now, of course, of our duty to proclaim saving Truth.
Video - Fr Angelo - Standing Fast #26: The Church Militant … or Impotent?
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On the topic of standing up for what we profess, here is Fr. Angelo.
Video - Fr Angelo - Standing Fast #27: Let Death Be Your Guide
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