++PAX++ “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” — Ephesians 5: 8-14 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But … Continue reading
Keep the light of the world in your heart, despite all difficulties. He carries you as you carry him. He gives you to the world just as you daily give Him to others. Thank you for all your sacrifices, your … Continue reading
Artist-Writer in Residence I have been appointed Artist and Writer in Residence at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this college, some description is in order. I … Continue reading
To the Most Holy Virgin I entrust this Year for Priests. I ask her to awaken in the heart of every priest a generous and renewed commitment to the ideal of complete self-oblation to Christ and the Church which inspired the thoughts and actions of the saintly Curé of Ars. It was his fervent prayer life and his impassioned love of Christ Crucified that enabled John Mary Vianney to grow daily in his total self-oblation to God and the Church. May his example lead all priests to offer that witness of unity with their Bishop, with one another and with the lay faithful, which today, as ever, is so necessary. Despite all the evil present in our world, the words which Christ spoke to his Apostles in the Upper Room continue to inspire us: “In the world you have tribulation; but take courage, I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). Our faith in the Divine Master gives us the strength to look to the future with confidence. Dear priests, Christ is counting on you. In the footsteps of the Curé of Ars, let yourselves be enthralled by him. In this way you too will be, for the world in our time, heralds of hope, reconciliation and peace!
Pope Benedict XVI, Letter proclaiming the Year for Priests, beginning on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 19 June 2009.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand; cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13: 12) Whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. For it … Continue reading