Friday, November 5, 2010

Providence is way cool!

So, I am down in the kitchen this morning, cooking up some eggs for breakfast (yep, that's one thing I can cook!), lost in thought about the latest comments on this post. I glance over to my right to see a magazine laying open on the counter. I am struck by the title of the exposed article, "Finding the Source of All True Love" and the photo of a joyful Pope Benedict XVI. The text of the article was the following excerpt from his address to youth at Westminster Cathedral on September 18:

I ask each of you, first and foremost, to look into your own heart. Think of all the love that your heart was made to receive, and all the love it is meant to give. After all, we were made for love. This is what the Bible means when it says that we are made in the image and likeness of God: we were made to know the God of love, the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and to find our supreme fulfillment in that divine love that knows no beginning or end.
We were made to receive love, and we have. Every day we should thank God for the love we have already known, for the love that has made us who we are, the love that has shown us what is truly important in life. We need to thank the Lord for the love we have received from our families, our friends, our teachers, and all those people in our lives who have helped us to realize how precious we are, in their eyes and in the eyes of God.
We were also made to give love, to make it the inspiration for all we do and the most enduring thing in our lives. At times this seems so natural, especially when we feel the exhilaration of love, when our hearts brim over with generosity, idealism, the desire to help others, to build a better world. But at other times we realize that it is difficult to love; our hearts can easily be hardened by selfishness, envy and pride. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the great Missionary of Charity, reminded us that giving love, pure and generous love, is the fruit of a daily decision. Every day we have to choose to love, and this requires help, the help that comes from Christ, from prayer and from the wisdom found in his word, and from the grace which he bestows on us in the sacraments of his Church.
This is the message I want to share with you today. I ask you to look into your hearts each day to find the source of all true love. Jesus is always there, quietly waiting for us to be still with him and to hear his voice. Deep within your heart, he is calling you to spend time with him in prayer. But this kind of prayer, real prayer, requires discipline; it requires making time for moments of silence every day. Often it means waiting for the Lord to speak. Even amid the "busy-ness" and the stress of our daily lives, we need to make space for silence, because it is in silence that we find God, and in silence that we discover our true self. And in discovering our true self, we discover the particular vocation which God has given us for the building up of his Church and the redemption of our world.
Heart speaks unto heart. With these words from my heart, dear young friends, I assure you of my prayers for you, that your lives will bear abundant fruit for the growth of the civilization of love. I ask you also to pray for me, for my ministry as the Successor of Peter, and for the needs of the Church throughout the world. Upon you, your families and your friends, I cordially invoke God’s blessings of wisdom, joy and peace.

Amen, dear Papa! Thanks for saying it so eloquently. :)


12 comments:

  1. Praise be to God! So beautiful!

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  2. I also love it when he speaks to us in the midst of our vocation! ;) I've had many questions answered scrubbing toilets... ;)

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  3. I love him SO much! :) Thank You, God, for giving us such an amazing Holy Father!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Heart speaks to heart indeed.

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  5. Thank you so very much for sharing this!!! I love it!

    And I am so surprised. the same day full of Godincidences! =)

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  6. Such a great message for the youth - the future of our church
    Andie

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  7. I watched that LIVE and it was so MOVING. Actually, the video is still on the UK Papal Visit Website. The talk to youth comes after the Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Here's the link to the Mass and I hope that visit with youth is included:
    Mass at Westminster Cathedral~September 18, 2010

    Your blog is really beautiful and I found your ID in Charlotte's comments irresistible and had to click:-)

    Today Pope Benedict is in Spain. Hopefully that visit will be fruitful and safe. I SOOOOOO love this Holy Father.

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  8. I love that you called him "papa" like all the Europeans do, it sure seems more famliar and loving, doesn't it?!

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