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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Monday, April 11, 2005

Wondering what the Eastern Rites' part in the Pope's funeral was?

Via Fr. Tucker over at the Dappled Things blog, here's a link to another blog by a fellow very knowledgable about both the Western and Eastern Rite Catholic/Orthodox practices and beliefs.

I must say, the Eastern Rites' contribution to the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II was a blessed surprise, I was grateful to see that our Holy Father's forceful belief regarding the "two lungs" of the Church, the East and the West, was being honored so publicly. Of course, the media got it all wrong, and managed to be as distracting as possible with their ignorant prattle during the ceremony. Here's the REAL scoop on what was done and said:

Russian Choir and the Panikhida at the Pope's Funeral


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