Rorate Caeli

Hasten the coming of God's Kingdom in this land!

...the Church's unity has no other basis than the Word of God, made flesh in Christ Jesus our Lord. All external signs of identity, all structures, associations and programs, valuable or even essential as they may be, ultimately exist only to support and foster the deeper unity which, in Christ, is God's indefectible gift to his Church. ...

...the Church's unity is "apostolic". It is a visible unity, grounded in the Apostles whom Christ chose and appointed as witnesses to his resurrection, and it is born of what the Scriptures call "the obedience of faith".

"Authority", "obedience". To be frank, these are not easy words to speak nowadays. Words like these represent a "stumbling stone" for many of our contemporaries, especially in a society which rightly places a high value on personal freedom. Yet, in the light of our faith in Jesus Christ - "the way and the truth and the life" - we come to see the fullest meaning, value, and indeed beauty, of those words. The Gospel teaches us that true freedom, the freedom of the children of God, is found only in the self-surrender which is part of the mystery of love. Only by losing ourselves, the Lord tells us, do we truly find ourselves. True freedom blossoms when we turn away from the burden of sin, which clouds our perceptions and weakens our resolve, and find the source of our ultimate happiness in him who is infinite love, infinite freedom, infinite life. "In his will is our peace".
Praying fervently for the coming of the Kingdom also means being constantly alert for the signs of its presence, and working for its growth in every sector of society. ... It means working to enrich American society and culture with the beauty and truth of the Gospel, and never losing sight of that great hope which gives meaning and value to all the other hopes which inspire our lives.

And this, dear friends, is the particular challenge which the Successor of Saint Peter sets before you today. As "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation", follow faithfully in the footsteps of those who have gone before you! Hasten the coming of God's Kingdom in this land!
May you find the courage to proclaim Christ, "the same, yesterday, and today and for ever" and the unchanging truths which have their foundation in him. These are the truths that set us free! They are the truths which alone can guarantee respect for the inalienable dignity and rights of each man, woman and child in our world - including the most defenseless of all human beings, the unborn child in the mother's womb.

Benedict XVI
Homily - New York
April 20, 2008


LeonG said...

"May you find the courage to proclaim Christ, "the same, yesterday, and today and for ever" and the unchanging truths which have their foundation in him."

Indeed, and what better example to give the faithful than to preach this before the UN - Jesus Christ crucified and the resurrection from the dead.

As with the previous papacy we receive the same instruction - do as we say but not as we do.

From a Roman Catholic perspective, the "trip" to USA has been equivocal at best.

Anonymous said...

Hey New Catholic,

Are you some kind of Marrano??

You don't seem to like the truth in relation to matters Jewish. You really are stupid if you think you can stop people commenting on this issue.

Talking about the Lehmann brothers' Postulatio pro Israel at Vatican I, most bishops wouldn't give them the time of day - quite rightly. When they asked a Hungarian bishop to sign, he refused and replied,
"Judei sint pessimi!" (That's "The Jews are very bad!") They hanged their heads, because they knew he was right!

New Catholic said...


I must confess: I consider this last comment a badge of honor!

Thank you!

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