Universalis, your very own breviary in pixels...

Friday, 18 July 2008

Words of love and hope to all who hunger

From the Holy Father's speech at Barangaroo...
http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/c1_en.htm
I love this man, his writing, his teaching his preaching -- crystalline!
How can anyone hear him spreading the Gospel and not be affirmed? not hope, not believe, not love?
To see and hear someone so utterly immersed in God's love, and so eager to share it must surely be inspiring to those who search and do not know what it is they seek.
Stop picking scraps from the rich man's table, from the trash, from the gutter, come to the High Feast of the Lamb!

There is also something sinister which stems from the fact that freedom and tolerance are so often separated from truth. This is fuelled by the notion, widely held today, that there are no absolute truths to guide our lives. Relativism, by indiscriminately giving value to practically everything, has made "experience" all-important. Yet, experiences, detached from any consideration of what is good or true, can lead, not to genuine freedom, but to moral or intellectual confusion, to a lowering of standards, to a loss of self-respect, and even to despair.
Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf. Gen 1:28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this - in truth, in goodness, and in beauty - that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth.
Christ offers more! Indeed he offers everything! Only he who is the Truth can be the Way and hence also the Life. Thus the "way" which the Apostles brought to the ends of the earth is life in Christ. This is the life of the Church. And the entrance to this life, to the Christian way, is Baptism....
remember that you are a new creation! Not only do you stand before the Creator in awe, rejoicing at his works, you also realize that the sure foundation of humanity's solidarity lies in the common origin of every person, the high-point of God's creative design for the world. As Christians you stand in this world knowing that God has a human face - Jesus Christ - the "way" who satisfies all human yearning, and the "life" to which we are called to bear witness, walking always in his light ....
My dear friends, God's creation is one and it is good. The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity. They cannot, however, be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignity of every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God himself and thus inviolable. Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises. Our hearts and minds are yearning for a vision of life where love endures, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom finds meaning in truth, and where identity is found in respectful communion. This is the work of the Holy Spirit! This is the hope held out by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is to bear witness to this reality that you were created

1 comment:

Dad29 said...

Minor note. His reference to the "True, Good, and Beautiful" is significant.

Some have said that JPII was a Thomist, liturgically, and therefore JPII figuratively reduced the trilogy to just "True and Good," removing "beautiful."

B-16's specific mention of "beautiful" re-asserts the Platonic/Augustinian view.

Like the news, only important...

Loading...