On Saint Basil
"He Shows Us How to Be Real
July 4, 2007 (Zenit.org).-
In his reflection on St.
Basil, Benedict XVI concluded with the following appeal to young
people to attend World Youth Day '08 in Australia:
Dear Young People,
One year from now we
will meet at World Youth Day in Sydney! I want to
encourage you to prepare well for this marvelous celebration of
the faith, which will be spent in the company of your bishops,
Religious, youth leaders and one another. Enter fully into
the life of your parishes and participate enthusiastically in
diocesan events! In this way you will be equipped
spiritually to experience new depths of understanding of all
that we believe when we gather in Sydney next July.
"You will receive
power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my
witnesses to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). As you
know, these words of Jesus form the theme of World Youth Day
2008. How the Apostles felt upon hearing these words, we
can only imagine, but their confusion was no doubt tempered with
a sense of awe and of eager anticipation for the coming of the
Spirit. United in prayer with Mary and the others gathered
in the Upper Room (cfr Acts 1:14), they experienced true power
of the Spirit, whose presence transforms uncertainty, fear and
division into purpose, hope and communion.
My dear young people,
until we meet in Sydney, may the Lord protect you all. Let
us entrust these preparations to Our Lady of the Southern Cross,
Help of Christians. With her, let us pray: 'Come Holy
Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them
the fire of your love'."
Common Declaration of Pope and
"We Thank God With Joy for this
July 5, 2007 (Zenit.org).-
A common declaration
XVI and Chrysostomos II, Orthodox archbishop of New Justiniana and
all Cyprus, during the latter's June 16 visit to Rome concluded with:
Let us address
together this prayer to the Lord of history, so that he will
strengthen our Churches' witness in order that the Gospel
proclamation of salvation may reach the new generations and be a
light for all men and women. To this end, we entrust our
desires and commitments to the Theotokos, the Mother of
God, Hodegetria, who points out the way to Our Lord Jesus
Explanatory Letter on "Summorum
"Growth and Progress But No Rupture"
July 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).-
address to all the bishops of the world concerning his apostolic
letter issued "motu proprio," Benedict stated:
Dear Brothers, with
gratitude and trust, I entrust to your hearts as pastors these
pages and the norms of the Motu Proprio. Let us
always be mindful of the words of the Apostle Paul addressed to
the presbyters of Ephesus: "Take heed to yourselves and to all
the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made overseers, to care
for the Church of God which he obtained with the blood of his
own Son" (Acts 20:28).
I entrust these norms
to the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and
I cordially impart my apostolic blessing to you, dear brothers,
to the parish priests of your dioceses, and to all priests, your
co-workers, as well as to your faithful.
On Being Missionaries of Christ
"In God's Field There Is Work For Everyone"
July 8, 2007 (Zenit.org).-
address before reciting the midday Angelus, Benedict stated:
In this connection I
would like to recall the fifth Pilgrimage of Young People to the
Cross of Adamello, where twice the Holy Father John Paul II
went. The pilgrimage took place recently and a short while
ago culminated in the Holy Mass celebrated at a height of 3,000
meters. In greeting the archbishop of Trent and the
general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, as well as
the government officials of Trent, I also renew my appointment
with all Italian young people for two days at Loreto, Sept. 1-2.
May the Virgin Mary
always protect us, whether on mission or in just repose, so that
we may carry out our task with joy and with fruit in the
vineyard of the Lord.
Papal Address to Bishops of Togo
Communion of Christ's Disciples Is Essential"
July 16, 2007
message to the bishops of Togo, in Rome for their five-yearly visit
Benedict XVI concluded with the following:
I entrust each one of
your Dioceses to the motherly intercession of the Virgin Mary,
and I willingly impart an affectionate Apostolic Blessing to you
as well as to the priests, men and women religious, catechists
and all the lay faithful of your Dioceses.
Papal Message to Franciscan General
"To Everyone Take
Peace, Received and Given"
Vatican City, July 18, 2007
In his message on June 17, Benedict XVI addressed the
participants of the general chapter of the Order of Friars Minor
Conventual during the Pope's trip to Assisi, and concluded with:
Thinking of the Immaculate Virgin, the "Tota Pulchra," and
imploring the intercession of St. Francis and of St. Clare, to
whom I entrust the success of the work of this General Chapter,
I impart as a pledge of my special affection to you, Most
Reverend Father, to the Chapter Fathers, and to all the members
of the Order my Apostolic Blessing.
On Catholic Teachers of Medicine
"To Reveal Christ
July 21, 2007 (Zenit.org).-
In a message written by Cardinal Javier
Lozano Barragán, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health
Care Ministry on the profile of the Catholic teacher of medicine,
mention was made of the Virgin Mary:
In this calling from God, we
discover three essential moments which make it up and which we
can summarize in three words: "BEING," "WITH," "FOR." We
are thus called to be (to exist), with God, for others.
We can verify this is Christ's call
to his apostles (Mark 3:14-15), and most especially his call to
the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of God, the Messiah (Luke
1:26-38). But it is a paradigm that spreads throughout the
history of salvation.
We are going to use these three
words of the Vocation as a guideline to reflect on the
pontifical doctrine on the identity of the Catholic Physician
which we set out in the Charter of the Pontifical Council.
Lorenzago di Cadore, Italy,
July 22, 2007
Benedict XVI, before reciting the midday Angelus in the Piazza
Calvi of Lorenzago di Cadore, near the spot where the
Pope was vacationing in northern Italy, made the following appeal:
From this place of
peace here in the north of Italy, where one feels even more
vitally how unacceptable the "useless bloodbaths" are, I renew
the call to follow with tenacity the way of law, to firmly
renounce the arms race, to reject in general the temptation to
face new situations with old systems,
With these thoughts
and wishes in our heart we now offer up a special prayer for
peace in the world, entrusting it to Mary Most Holy, Queen of
Eucharist and the Virgin Mary
- Sacramentum caritatis, July 22, 2007.-
33. From the relationship between the Eucharist and the individual
sacraments, and from the eschatological significance of the sacred
mysteries, the overall shape of the Christian life emerges, a life
called at all times to be an act of spiritual worship, a
self-offering pleasing to God. Although we are all still journeying
towards the complete fulfilment of our hope, this does not mean that
we cannot already gratefully acknowledge that God's gifts to us have
found their perfect fulfilment in the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and
our Mother. Mary's Assumption body and soul into heaven is for us a
sign of sure hope, for it shows us, on our pilgrimage through time,
the eschatological goal of which the sacrament of the Eucharist
enables us even now to have a foretaste.
In Mary most holy, we also see perfectly fulfilled the "sacramental"
way that God comes down to meet his creatures and involves them in
his saving work. From the Annunciation to Pentecost, Mary of
Nazareth appears as someone whose freedom is completely open to
God's will. Her immaculate conception is revealed precisely in her
unconditional docility to God's word. Obedient faith in response to
God's work shapes her life at every moment. A virgin attentive to
God's word, she lives in complete harmony with his will; she
treasures in her heart the words that come to her from God and,
piecing them together like a mosaic, she learns to understand them
more deeply (cf. Lk 2:19, 51); Mary is the great Believer who
places herself confidently in God's hands, abandoning herself to his
will. (102) This mystery deepens as she becomes completely involved
in the redemptive mission of Jesus. In the words of the Second
Vatican Council, "the blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of
faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son until she
stood at the Cross, in keeping with the divine plan (cf. Jn
19:25), suffering deeply with her only-begotten Son, associating
herself with his sacrifice in her mother's heart, and lovingly
consenting to the immolation of the victim who was born of her.
Finally, she was given by the same Christ Jesus, dying on the Cross,
as a mother to his disciple, with these words: ‘Woman, behold your
Son."' (103) From the Annunciation to the Cross, Mary is the one who
received the Word, made flesh within her and then silenced in death.
It is she, lastly, who took into her arms the lifeless body of the
one who truly loved his own "to the end" (Jn 13:1).
Consequently, every time we approach the Body and Blood of Christ
in the eucharistic liturgy, we also turn to her who, by her complete
fidelity, received Christ's sacrifice for the whole Church. The
Synod Fathers rightly declared that "Mary inaugurates the Church's
participation in the sacrifice of the Redeemer." (104) She is the
Immaculata, who receives God's gift unconditionally and is thus
associated with his work of salvation. Mary of Nazareth, icon of the
nascent Church, is the model for each of us, called to receive the
gift that Jesus makes of himself in the Eucharist.
Message For World Youth Day 2008
City, July 26, 2007 (VIS)
In his message dated July 20 in
Lorenzago di Cadore, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI said, among other
Attentive listening to the Word of God concerning the mystery
and action of the Holy Spirit opens us up to great and inspiring
insights. ... The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the nascent
Church was the fulfillment of a promise made much earlier by
God, announced and prepared throughout the Old Testament.
In 'the fullness of time,' the
angel of the Lord announced to the Virgin of Nazareth that the
Holy Spirit, 'the power of the Most High,' would come upon her
and overshadow her. The child to be born would be holy and
would be called Son of God. ... Before His death on the Cross,
He would tell his disciples several times about the coming of
the Holy Spirit, the 'Consoler' Whose mission would be to bear
witness to Him and to assist believers by teaching them and
guiding them to the fullness of truth.