The Holy Father´s Week: September 30, 2010
A report on Benedict XV´s messages and activities.
by Maribel de Torres | Source: Zenit.org
During the general
audience the Pope spoke about St. Matilda of Hackeborn, one of several important
thirteenth-century figures of the convent of Helfta in Saxony.
Entering there at an early age,
Matilda was formed in an intensely spiritual and intellectual atmosphere founded upon Sacred
Scripture, the liturgy, and the patristic tradition.
Matilda, the Pope explained, was
outstanding for her "humility, fervor, kindness, purity and innocence of life, the familiarity
and intensity with which she lived her relationship with God, the Virgin and the saints."
She was called "God's nightingale" for her wonderfully soft voice. When she sang in the
choir, she was completely absorbed in God.
In one of her visions, Jesus himself recommended
the Gospel; opening to her the wound of his most gentle heart, he said to her: "Consider how
great is my love: If you want to know it well, you will not find it expressed more clearly anywhere
than in the Gospel.
Allowing herself to be guided by sacred Scripture and to be nourished by
the Eucharistic Bread, she followed a path of intimate union with the Lord, always in full fidelity
to the Church.
The Pope affirmed "This is for us also a strong invitation to intensify
our friendship with the Lord, above all through daily prayer and attentive, faithful and active
participation in the holy Mass. The liturgy is a great school of spirituality."
"In her long life spent in the monastery, Matilda endured constant and intense sufferings,
to which she added the very harsh penances chosen for the conversion of sinners. In this way she
took part in the Lord's passion until the end of her life." The Holy Father said "Prayer
and contemplation were the vital soil of her existence".
"When the hour arrived in
which the Lord wanted to take her with him, she asked him to be able to live a bit longer in
suffering for the salvation of souls, and Jesus was pleased with this further sign of
St. Matilda of Hackeborn entrusts us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the
Virgin Mary, the Pope affirmed, she invites us to praise the Son with the heart of the Mother
and to praise Mary with the heart of the Son. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010
his near three-month stay at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI is
returning to the Vatican. Besides working to prepare the speeches and other activities of the two
trips he already made this summer (Sept. 16-19 to the United Kingdom, and a day-trip Sept. 5 to
Carpineto Romano, Italy), the Holy Father also worked on the third volume of his book "Jesus of
Nazareth." CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 27, 2010
Papal prayer intentions
for October. His general prayer intention is: "That Catholic universities may
increasingly become places where, in light of the Gospel, people may experience the unity of faith
The apostolic intention in October is: "That World Mission Day may help
Christians realize that the task of proclaiming Christ is a necessary service to which the Church is
called for the benefit of humanity." VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2010
XVI is calling on all Catholics to join in a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life, to be
celebrated in local parishes and dioceses Nov. 27.
The Pope will celebrate the vigil in St.
Peter's Basilica on the eve of the First Sunday of Advent. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2010
Other papal messages and activities
"Different from a wanderer
whose steps have no established final destination, a pilgrim always has a destination, even
if at times he is not explicitly aware of it," the Pope observed in the message he sent
to the 2nd World Conference on the Pastoral Care of Pilgrimages and Shrines. He continued: "And
this destination is none other than the encounter with God through Christ in whom all our
aspirations find their response.
"For this reason, the celebration of the Eucharist can
really be considered the culmination of the pilgrimage." the Pope affirmed and he noted
that "From the beginning of my pontificate, I have wanted to live my ministry as the
Successor of Peter with the sentiments of a pilgrim who travels over the roads of the world with
hope and simplicity bringing on his lips and in his heart the saving message of the Risen Christ,
and strengthening his brothers in faith."
The Holy Father said that he
will soon make a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle St. James. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 27, 2010
The Pope assured his spiritual closeness to all those affected by severe flooding in
Nigeria. A combination of unusually heavy rains and issues with dams has turned the
northern region into muddy, dirty lakes, and as the Holy Father noted, "some 2 million people
have been forced to flee their homes." VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010
feasts of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and the coming feast of the Guardian
Angels (Oct.2), the Pope spoke of "the provident care with which God looks after each human
person." He recommended that youth should "feel the presence of the angels beside
you" and "let yourselves be guided by them, so that your whole life is enlightened by the
Word of God."
He encouraged the sick to avail of the help of their guardian angels and
thus "unite your sufferings to those of Christ for the spiritual renewal of human
Finally, the Pontiff suggested that newlyweds should "often take recourse
to your guardian angels, so that you can grow in the constant witness of an authentic love."
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010
Benedict XVI expressed his appreciation for
the ecumenical commitment of Monsignor Eleuterio Fortino, 72, who died due to illness on Sept. 22.
Ordained a priest in 1963, he took part in the last session of the Second Vatican Council as an
assistant to the ecumenical observers. Since then he has collaborated with the Holy See in the
dialogue with the Orthodox Churches. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010
Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age" is the theme chosen by the
Pope for World Communications Day 2011. The text of Benedict XVI's message for the 45th World
Communications Day will be released Jan. 24, on the feast of St. Francis De Sales, patron of
The World Communications Day is the only worldwide celebration established by the
Second Vatican Council. It is observed in most countries the Sunday before Pentecost. VATICAN CITY,
SEPT. 29, 2010
Work for the defense of the family and human life, the
Holy Father urged the bishops of Europe participants in a plenary assembly of the Council of
European Bishops' Conferences.
The Pope sent a telegram encouraging the prelates "to
continue the important work undertaken and inspire in the Church communities the necessary
commitment so that the faithful might be free from intolerance and discrimination and to promote the
family and the defense of human life."
He assured the participants of his prayers. The
theme of the assembly is, "Demographics and the Family in Europe." ZAGREB, Croatia, SEPT.
A prayer for the Holy Father
Christ Jesus, King and Lord
of the Church, in your presence I renew my unconditional loyalty to your Vicar on earth, the Pope.
In him you have chosen to show us the safe and sure path that we must follow in the midst of
confusion, uneasiness, and unrest. I firmly believe that through him you govern, teach, and sanctify
us; with him as our shepherd, we form the true Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Grant me
the grace to love, live, and spread faithfully our Holy Father's teachings. Watch over his
life, enlighten his mind, strengthen his spirit, defend him from calumny and evil. Calm the erosive
winds of infidelity and disobedience. Hear our prayer and keep your Church united around him, firm
in its belief and action, that it may truly be the instrument of your redemption. Amen.
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