Yes! I still love chivalry!
Vatican City, 13 February 2013 (VIS) – Benedict XVI dedicated the catechesis of today’s General Audience to the season of Lent, which begins today, Ash Wednesday. “Forty days,” he said, “that prepare us for the celebration of Easter. It is a time of particular commitment in our spiritual journey. … Forty days was also the period that Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his public life, when he was tempted by the devil.”
Reflecting on Jesus’ temptations in the desert, is “an invitation to each of us to respond to a fundamental question: What is truly important in our lives? … The core of the three temptations that Jesus faced is the proposal to instrumentalize God, to use Him for personal interests, for self-glory and success. In essence, it is putting oneself in God’s place, eliminating Him from our existence and making Him seem superfluous. … Giving God the first place is a path that each Christian has to undertake. ‘Conversion’ … means following Jesus, so that His Gospel becomes the practical guide of our lives. … It means recognizing that we are creatures who depend on God, on His love …This requires us to make our decisions in light of the Word of God. Today it is no longer possible to be a Christian as a simple consequence of living in a society that has Christian roots. Even those who come from a Christian family … must renew daily their decision to be Christian, to give God the first place in the face of the temptations continuously suggested by a secularized culture, in the face of the criticism of many of their contemporaries.”
“The tests that Christians are subjected to by society today are numerous and affect our personal and social life. It is not easy to be faithful to Christian marriage, to practice mercy in our everyday lives, or to leave space for prayer and inner silence. It is not easy to publicly oppose the decisions that many consider to be obvious, such as abortion in the case of an unwanted pregnancy, euthanasia in the case of serious illness, or the selection of embryos to avoid hereditary diseases. The temptation to set one’s faith aside is always present and conversion becomes a response to God that must be confirmed at various times throughout our lives.”
The Holy Father recalled that in history there have been “great conversions such as St. Paul’s on the road to Damascus or St. Augustine’s. But also in our age, when the sense of the sacred is eclipsed, God’s grace acts and works wonders in the lives of many people … as was the case for the Orthodox Russian scientist Pavel Florensky who, after a completely agnostic education … found himself exclaiming, ‘It’s impossible without God.’ He completely changed his life, even becoming a monk.” The Pope also cited the case of the intellectual Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), “a young Dutch woman of Jewish origin, who died in Auschwitz. Initially far from God, she discovered Him by looking deep within herself, writing: ‘There is a well deep within me. And God is that well.’ … In her scattered and restless life, she rediscovered God in the midst of the great tragedy of the twentieth century, the Shoah.”
“In our age, there are more than a few conversions that are seen as the return of those who, after a Christian education, perhaps a superficial one, have turned away from the faith for years, then later rediscover Christ and His Gospel. … In this time of Lent, in the Year of Faith, we renew our commitment to the path of conversion, overcoming the tendency to be wrapped up in ourselves and to make room for God, seeing our everyday reality with His eyes. Conversion means not being wrapped up in ourselves in the search for success, prestige, or social position, but rather of making each day, in the small things, truth, faith in God, and love, become what is most important,” the Pope concluded.
I support Syria. Obama has been dealing guns to Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood to topple the Syrian Government for nearly 2 years now. I do not buy any of the US Media’s lies. Obama has started more wars, than Bush Jr ever has. He’s toppled more Governments than any man in history. He is a killing machine. He had the Foreign Ministry Officer in Libya killed two weeks ago, along with the 4 Benghazi US Citizens. He watched in “real time” the rape and killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens, and the other three men. Obama is the Killing Arm of NATO. He pays for thugs in Al Qaeda to kill whom they want, all over the world. Two Naval Officers called Obama on his deceptions and evils regarding the killing of the 2 ex-Navy Seals, who refused to “stand down” and instead they saved those 30 civilians, although those 2 ex-Navy Seals died heroically, doing it. Where are those rescued 30 US Consulate Employees, now? Where are they? Why haven’t they spoken out? They’ve been silenced. And, I bet they will end up dead, have an accident by the CIA or FBI or faux suicides. Watch it will happen.
I support Bashir Assad. He is fighting against the gun running US, United Arab Emirates, and NATO Backed, Muslim Brotherhood Rebels who are trying to topple the Assad Government. That is so evil. Obama is using our Military to Bully the World and NATO is backing Obama. DOD Leon Panetta admitted arrogantly in March 2012 that US Presidents no longer have to come to US Congress to “go to war.” That is against Our US Constitution.
I support Assad. I do not support NATO nor do I support our US Thug-In-Chief, the Illegal President Obama.
I do not believe that Assad has chemical weapons. Obama lies about everything to get world domination, for the Muslim Brotherhood to take over countries all over the Middle East and Norther Africa.
Gog and Magog then gangs up on Israel. You watch this will happen.
I like this song. I went to Fatima with my sister, in 1983. It was prayerful.
Allowing Catholic schools to teach the faith’s beliefs on abortion would be “misogyny” and cannot be allowed, according to a government official in Canada.
“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,” Education Minister Laurel Broten said at a recent press conference.
The comments were uncovered by Patrick B. Craine of LifeSiteNews.com. The organization then obtained a transcript of the statements, to document what happened.
My Two Cents Worth
Pray for Canada. Pray to End Abortion.