“The contemporary world needs hope above all; this is true for developing peoples but especially for developed peoples. Increasingly, we realise that we are in the same boat and that we can save ourselves together. With the collapse of so many false certainties, we are becoming especially aware of how we need reliable hope and that this is found only in Christ, who according to the Letter to the Hebrews Jesus “is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (13:8).
The Lord Jesus came in the past, comes in the present, and shall come in the future. He embraces all of time’s dimensions. Because he died and rose, he is the ‘Living’, and whilst he shared our human precariousness, he is always there, offering us God’s stability. He is “flesh” like us, and “rock” like God. Anyone who yearns for freedom, justice, and peace can stand erect and raise his head because in Christ redemption is at hand (cf Lk, 21:28).”
Pope’s Nov. 30, 2011 Angelus; still
Applicable to Easter as well.
Christ is the Light of the World. He is our hope. He conquered death, by His Resurrection. We conquer; in, through and with Him, as the doxology of the Mass indicates.
ON THE CHURCH IN THE
GAUDIUM ET SPES
HIS HOLINESS, POPE PAUL VI
ON DECEMBER 7, 1965
For the complete Document go to the Vatican website….
16. In the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself, but which holds him to obedience. Always summoning him to love good and avoid evil, the voice of conscience when necessary speaks to his heart: do this, shun that. For man has in his heart a law written by God; to obey it is the very dignity of man; according to it he will be judged.(9) Conscience is the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, Whose voice echoes in his depths.(10) In a wonderful manner conscience reveals that law which is fulfilled by love of God and neighbor.(11) In fidelity to conscience, Christians are joined with the rest of men in the search for truth, and for the genuine solution to the numerous problems which arise in the life of individuals from social relationships. Hence the more right conscience holds sway, the more persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and strive to be guided by the objective norms of morality. Conscience frequently errs from invincible ignorance without losing its dignity. The same cannot be said for a man who cares but little for truth and goodness, or for a conscience which by degrees grows practically sightless as a result of habitual sin.
17. Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often however they foster it perversely as a license for doing whatever pleases them, even if it is evil. For its part, authentic freedom is an exceptional sign of the divine image within man. For God has willed that man remain “under the control of his own decisions,”(12) so that he can seek his Creator spontaneously, and come freely to utter and blissful perfection through loyalty to Him. Hence man’s dignity demands that he act according to a knowing and free choice that is personally motivated and prompted from within, not under blind internal impulse nor by mere external pressure. Man achieves such dignity when, emancipating himself from all captivity to passion, he pursues his goal in a spontaneous choice of what is good, and procures for himself through effective and skilful action, apt helps to that end. Since man’s freedom has been damaged by sin, only by the aid of God’s grace can he bring such a relationship with God into full flower. Before the judgement seat of God each man must render an account of his own life, whether he has done good or evil.
Rain clouds threatened the Mass attendees. Yet, God pulled through, for them, and brought out the sun in time for the URBI ET ORBI Message of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. Pope Benedict XVI holds the Paschal Candle. Jesus is the Light of the World, yet many prefer darkness.
URBI ET ORBI in St Peter’s Square by Pope Benedict XVI.
Carabiniere – (Italian Special Police)
URBI ET ORBI Message of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, this blessing carries with it a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions.
Pope Benedict incenses the Altar on Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square.
Pope passes flowers given to the Vatican by the Netherlands. Awesome flower display.
Swiss Guard, guard the Pope.
Woman receives Our Lord, in Holy Communion, via the Pope, His Vicar on Earth.
EWTN put a “filler video” about Pope Pius XII, in the beginning of this Video, because the Holy Father’s Easter Morning Mass started 10 minutes late. Please fast forward this tape, if you only want to see the Mass.
Scriptural Rosary meditating on the Glorious Mysteries of Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother’s Life.
(Prayed by the Bishop and the Faithful, in St Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, Ohio)
FYI: Jesus spoke the dialect of His Mother Mary, which was “Aramaic.” It is more similar to Arabic, than to Hebrew.
Aramaic was the dialect of Galilee.