Pope Benedict’s pastoral visit to the U.S. starts tomorrow with the theme of Christ our Hope!
[M]an needs God, otherwise he remains without hope…God is the foundation of hope: not any god, but the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end, each one of us and humanity in its entirety. His Kingdom is not an imaginary hereafter, situated in a future that will never arrive; his Kingdom is present wherever he is loved and wherever his love reaches us. His love alone gives us the possibility of soberly persevering day by day, without ceasing to be spurred on by hope, in a world which by its very nature is imperfect. His love is at the same time our guarantee of the existence of what we only vaguely sense and which nevertheless, in our deepest self, we await: a life that is “truly” life. (Spe Salvi, 23, 31)
JPII mentioned more than once that a nation that kills its own children is a nation without a future – without hope. After 35 years of abortion on demand and as we continue to pursue research that involves the destruction of human life, not to mention our increasing belief that those who suffer and cannot be cured might be better off dead, it is clear that our nation is in great need of this message of hope.
Together let us pray for our beloved Holy Father, for his safety, for the success of his visit and that the people of America may be open to his message of hope!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Below are links to some of my past posts featuring the Holy Father and his writings:
The Paradox of the Cross
Pope Confronts the “Difficult Problem of Bioethics”
Love and Suffering
When Technical Progress Becomes a Threat
Pope Endorses Stem Cell Research
Pope Speaks About Life Issues
The Greatest Destroyer of Peace
Uniting for Life
Oh, and I Love the Pope, Too!
A Message From Papa Ben!
The Resurrection = Event of Love
We are Awaited by His Love
An Advent Reflection on Eternal Life
The Pope on Political Priorities