The Holy Father´s Week. (Nov/ 14/2011)

A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities.
by Maribel de Torres | Source: Zenit.org

The Pope reflected on the “Acrostic Psalm” at the general audience.  Psalm 119 according to the Hebrew tradition, 118 according to the Greco-Latin is a very special psalm, “the only one of its kind”, the Holy Father said. “And this psalm is wholly pervaded by love for God's Word -- it extols its beauty, its saving power, and its capacity to bestow joy and life”.
The Lord's Law, His Word, is the center of the life of the one praying; in it he finds consolation, he makes it the object of his meditation, he keeps it in his heart, " this is the secret of the psalmist's happiness”
The psalmist's faithfulness is born of listening to the Word, of keeping it in his inmost heart, of meditating on it and loving it -- like Mary, who "kept all these things, pondering ... in her heart" the words that had been spoken to her and the wondrous events wherein God revealed Himself and asked her assent of faith.
In praying this Psalm, Christians see in the Blessed Virgin Mary the model of this loving docility to God's will, and in Jesus the fulfilment of the Law.
 A striking example of the Psalmist's devotion is seen in his words: "The Lord is my portion" (v. 57). We can apply these words in a special way to priests, whose lives of celibacy testify to their call to complete devotion to the Lord and his Kingdom. But they can also be applied to all the faithful, who share in Christ's royal priesthood and are called daily to bear witness to the Gospel.
May the Lord grant us a deeper love for him, so that, like the Psalmist, we may always make his word "a lamp to our feet and a light to our path". VATICAN CITY, NOV. 9, 2011


The gift of God’s charity, of his love, is the talent no one lacks. At the Angelus as he reflected on the parable of the talents, the Pope explained that St. Gregory the Great “In commenting on this Gospel passage noted that the Lord does not let anyone lack the gift of his charity, of his love”. He wrote: "brothers, it is necessary that you pay the utmost attention to preserving love in everything you must do". After explaining that true charity consists in loving enemies as well as friends, he added: "if someone lacks this virtue, he loses every good he possesses; he is deprived of the talent he received and is cast out into the darkness".
“Charity is the fundamental good that no one can fail to bring to fruition and without which every other good is worthless” the Holy Father noted. “If Jesus loved us to the point of giving his life for us (cf. 1 Jn 3:16), how can we not love God with the whole of ourselves and love one another with real warmth?”
“It is only by practicing charity that we too will be able to share in the joy of our Lord. May the Virgin Mary teach us active and joyful watchfulness on our journey toward the encounter with God.” VATICAN CITY, NOV. 14, 2011


Other papal messages and activities

 

Benedict XVI asked for prayers for those in various parts of the world suffering from natural disasters. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 9, 2011

 

Benedict XVI was awarded the honorary citizenship of Natz-Schabs (Naz-Siaves), located in the Italian province of Bolzano, where his grandmother and great-grandmother were born, Benedict XVI  reminisced about the stories told him by his mother and expressed his hopes that South Tyrol remain as it is, that "nature, creation and the life of men" continue to form "a single melody."  It is beautiful because men have responded to God, he said, faith is the "bearer of joy and help to overcome difficult situations." VATICAN CITY, NOV. 9, 2011


Benedict XVI is studying the possibility of a trip to Mexico and Cuba in the spring of 2012 , in response to invitations he has received. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2011


A rightly lived relationship with God is a force for peace. Benedict XVI affirmed at a meeting with religious leaders from Israel.
A delegation of Israel's Council of Religious Communities representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Druze communities, met with the Pope at the Vatican today. All of us are called to commit ourselves anew to the promotion of greater justice and dignity, in order to enrich our world and to give it a fully human dimension, he told them. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2011
On ZENIT's Web page:
Pope's speech:
www.zenit.org/article-33805?l=english
Council's statement: www.zenit.org/article-33806?l=english
Address from Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem: www.zenit.org/article-33808?l=english


Christians should "take an active part in the life of society, seeking to make it ever more humane, ever more marked by authentic freedom, justice and solidarity." The Pope affirmed to a group of bishops and representatives of European volunteer organizations. . "(...) The experience of God's generous love challenges us and liberates us to adopt the same attitude towards our brothers and sisters."
At a time when the Catholic identity of the Church's social services is under attack in places where legislation is increasingly at odds with Church teaching, the Holy Father affirmed that public authorities have a duty to acknowledge the role of Catholic volunteer work without distorting it. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2011


A lack of work -- or precarious employment situations -- can undermine man's dignity, it can  create identity crisis in persons, as well as situations of injustice and poverty, which frequently degenerate into despair, criminality and violence. Benedict XVI said in a message to Ecuador's 2nd National Conference on the Family, under way through Saturday.
Through work "man experiences himself as subject, a participant in the creative plan of God."
The Pontiff said it is thus "urgent" that serious and effective measures, as well as a firm will, are set to finding ways so that "all will have access to fitting, stable and well remunerated work, through which they are sanctified and participate actively in the development of society, combining intense and responsible work with appropriate times for a rich, fruitful and harmonious family life." VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2011


The Pope named nuncio to Tanzania.  Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla is the new nuncio. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2011


"The destruction of even one human life can never be justified in terms of the benefit that it might conceivably bring to another," the Holy Father stated in an address to some 250 participants in an international conference on "Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture." The symposium was promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture in collaboration with the U.S. Stem for Life Foundation. Benedict XVI acknowledged the temptations facing scientists who seek cures for degenerative illnesses, but not even one human life can be destroyed for the benefit of another.
While recognizing the desire to find cures for illnesses, acknowledging that "it is tempting for scientists and policy-makers to brush aside ethical objections and to press ahead with whatever research seems to offer the prospect of a breakthrough," still, he affirmed, "those who advocate research on embryonic stem cells in the hope of achieving such a result make the grave mistake of denying the inalienable right to life of all human beings from the moment of conception to natural death."
The Pontiff moreover recognized the possibilities for adult stem cell research, assuring that the Church "naturally offers her encouragement to those who are engaged in conducting and supporting research of this kind, always with the proviso that it be carried out with due regard for the integral good of the human person and the common good of society." VATICAN CITY, NOV. 14, 2011
The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, visited the Pope in the Vatican. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 14, 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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