The Holy Father reflected on the Psalm that Jesus likely prayed before he left the Upper Room and went to his agony. Psalm 136, or 135 according to the Greco-Latin tradition, is a prayer in the form of a litany which enumerates God's "many mighty deeds in human history," as well as his "continual interventions on behalf of his people," marked by the refrain "for his steadfast love endures forever."
In his catechesis in St. Peter's Square Benedict XVI said that with this psalm, the "horizon of praise" illumined Jesus' "difficult road to Golgotha."
The fundamental structure of this Psalm is that Israel remembers the Lord's goodness. In its history, there are so many dark valleys, so many passages through difficulty and death, but “Israel remembers the Lord's goodness and his power; that his mercy endures forever."
The Holy Father emphasized that remembering the Lord's goodness is also important for us. "Remembering becomes the strength of hope," he said.
"Let us, too, remember the good; let us remember God's eternal, merciful love," he invited. "Israel's history is already part of our memory as well, of how God revealed himself, of how he created for himself a people to be his own. Then God became man, one of us: He lived with us, suffered with us, died for us. He remains with us in the Blessed Sacrament and in the Word. It is a history, a remembrance of God's goodness that assures us of his goodness: His love is eternal”.
".In Christ, we see clearly "what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, for that is what we are" (1 Jn 3:1).
The Pontiff further suggested remembering our own "personal history of salvation," saying we "must truly treasure this history, keeping always in mind the great things he has also done in my life, so that we might trust: His mercy is eternal." VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2011
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At a Mass in St. Peter's Square, the Pope canonized Guido Maria Conforti, Italian archbishop and founder of the Pious Society of St. Francis Xavier for Foreign Missions (1865-1931); Luigi Guanella, Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Servants of Charity and of the Institute of the Daughters of Our Lady of Providence (1842-1915), and Bonifacia Rodríguez de Castro, Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters, Servants of St. Joseph (1837-1905).
These three new saints “were transformed by God's love and oriented their entire lives to it. In diverse situations and with different charisms, each of them loved the Lord with all their hearts, and they loved their neighbors as themselves, 'so as to be examples for all believers,' the Pontiff said. "Let us be inspired by their example and led by their teaching so that our lives may become a testimony of true love of God and of others." VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2011
Let us measure our actions every day by his call to love, and live it with courage and joy, the Holy Father said before praying the midday Angelus with crowds in St. Peter's Square after he had finished celebrating Mass for the canonization of three saints.
“May the example and intercession of these personalities honored in the Church motivate everyone to renew their commitment to live their faith in Christ with their whole heart, and give witness in the diverse spheres of society” he said. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2011
Other papal messages and activities
The leader of the Syro-Malabar Church, Archbishop George Alencherry,, visited the Pope who acknowledged the anti-Christian violence in India, but made the invitation to continue working with people of good will to achieve peace in India.
The Syro-Malabar Church is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome. It is found primarily in Kerala, in southern India, and has more than 3.6 million believers. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 18, 2011
A key to solving the economic problem is strengthening the family, since it is in the family that a person leans how to interact in the world of work. The Pope affirmed this when he received in audience members of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, which promotes the social doctrine of the Church. He said that the family's model of love, gratitude and gift can be applied to a universal dimension.
Although the Church cannot define how to address the economic crisis, the Holy Father noted, it is the Church's members who "have the duty to denounce evils, to attest to and to keep alive the values on which the dignity of the person is founded, and to promote those ways of solidarity that foster the common good, so that humanity will become the family of God." VATICAN CITY, OCT. 18, 2011
Italian Archbishop Carlo Viganò was named U.S. Nuncio. He was ordained a priest in 1968, and has been serving in Vatican diplomacy for almost 40 years.
He succeeds Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who died in July from complications following lung surgery. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2011
The Church gives her children roots and wings -- the roots of the apostolic faith, and the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Pope said when he inaugurated Domus Australia, the new pilgrim center in Rome for the faithful of Australia. “Pilgrims to this city,” he affirmed, “return to their homelands renewed and strengthened in their faith, and borne aloft by the Holy Spirit in the journey onward and upward to their heavenly home." ROME, OCT. 20, 2011
The torch that will be carried in the eighth edition of the JPII Games was given to Benedict XVI. The JPII Games includes the Peace Race from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, and a number of other sporting events. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 20, 2011
The Pope welcomed the Netherlands' new ambassador to the Holy See, Joseph Weterings. The Bishop of Rome spoke about freedom and welcomed news of steps that the Dutch government has taken to discourage drug abuse and prostitution. Those choices by which people inflict harm on themselves or others must be discouraged, for the good of individuals and society as a whole, the Pope reminded. "Catholic social teaching, as you know, places great emphasis on the common good, as well as the integral good of individuals, and care is always needed to discern whether perceived rights are truly in accordance with those natural principles of which I spoke earlier." VATICAN CITY, OCT. 21, 2011
After listening to Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony and his "Te Deum,", the Holy Father affirmed that music can also be a reminder for us to open our horizons and think of eternal life, “not so as to escape the present, though burdened with problems and difficulties, but to experience it more intensely, bringing a little light, hope and love into the reality in which we live."
The Holy Father said attended a concert in his honor interpreted by the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Audi Youth Choir Academy, conducted respectively by Kent Nagano and Martin Steidler. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2011
Representatives of the John Paul II Foundation, established 30 years ago and dedicated to conserving and developing the heritage of the Polish Pontiff visited the Holy Father who expressed his gratitude for their work. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2011
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., was named by the Pope as the relator-general for next year's synod of bishops on new evangelization. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2011
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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