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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

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, ora pro nobis

Archbishop Harry Flynn ordains Fr. James Adams, May 29th, 2004

I am inspired to ask for all of you to take a moment right now to stop and pray for the life and ministry of all those men who are going to be ordained priests "forever, according to the order of Melchezidek" this spring.

I see so much going on in the Catholic blogging world that is bitter and complaining about the state of the Church in America. Yes, things are bad, but things ARE getting better! The Holy Spirit will not be denied, slowly but surely He is making Himself known through the willing cooperation of priests and bishops across the globe -- one holy priest at a time, who will become one holy bishop at a time.

Pray with me, particularly for the 15 (!) men who will be ordained for my Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis this May 28th, that the Lord may bless them in their ministry in His Name, and give them the grace of strength and courage to be faithful to Him and to His Church no matter what the cost. Pray for these men that they may be willing to be martyrs for the faith, if not in blood, in reputation and in popularity -- Holiness is the call, and holiness is what we must pray for and strive for.

Let us pause from our worries and anger over the failings of the episcopate and clergy -- and let us return to God our Father and thank him for the blessing of these men who will give us His Body and Blood and transmit His Divine Mercy.

O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, ora pro nobis!


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