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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

Sunday, July 10, 2005

"The pope started laughing"

Remember these faces? At the election of B16? The guy on the right would be a seminarian, Joe Freedy, and does he have a story to tell - it's not everyone who does this:

Freedy became even more emotional when he was introduced to his hero after Mass in the papal library.

"I knelt in front of him and hadn't planned on saying anything. I just said, "I love you,' and he gave me a big smile and his blessing," Freedy said.

Humility later turned into embarrassment.

Pope John Paul II traditionally gave a rosary to everyone he met under such intimate circumstances. Freedy nervously took his from the table and stepped aside so a friend could enjoy the same opportunity. There was an awkward pause for some reason, and no rosary was claimed. So Freedy snatched another one.

"The pope looked at me like "What are you doing?' " Freedy said. "The bishops started laughing. The pope started laughing; "You just stole a rosary from the pope.' "

Freedy will forever cherish his brief interactions with Pope John Paul II, whose passing April 2 reverberated around the world.

(Oh, and what book was instrumental in his "Catholic reversion" in college? His dad's gift of Scott Hahn's "The Lamb's Supper." I know a few other families who might want to give that idea a try!)

Read the rest of the article here.


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