The Building of a Civilization of Love

The third area of commitment that comes with love is that of daily life with its multiple relationships. I am particularly referring to family, studies, work and free time. Dear young friends, cultivate your talents, not only to obtain a social position, but also to help others to “grow”. Develop your capacities, not only in order to become more “competitive” and “productive”, but to be “witnesses of charity”. In addition to your professional training, also make an effort to acquire religious knowledge that will help you to carry out your mission in a responsible way. In particular, I invite you to carefully study the social doctrine of the Church so that its principles may inspire and guide your action in the world. May the Holy Spirit make you creative in charity, persevering in your commitments, and brave in your initiatives, so that you will be able to offer your contribution to the building up of the “civilisation of love”. The horizon of love is truly boundless: it is the whole world!

- Pope Benedict XVI, WYD 2007 MESSAGE, Growing in love each day


3:12. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
3:13. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: Forgetting the things that are behind and stretching forth myself to those that are before,
3:14. I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus.


-St. Paul to Philippians

Monday, May 28, 2007

Atheist gives $22.5 million for Catholic Fund

You can read the whole article here.

May 23 (Bloomberg) -- Philanthropist and retired hedge-fund manager Robert W.
Wilson said he is giving $22.5 million to the Archdiocese of New York to fund a
scholarship program for needy inner-city students attending Roman Catholic
schools.
Wilson, 80, said in a phone interview today that although he is an
atheist, he has no problem donating money to a fund linked to Catholic schools.
``Let's face it, without the Roman Catholic Church, there would be no
Western civilization,'' Wilson said. ``Shunning religious organizations would be
abhorrent. Keep in mind, I'm helping to pay tuition. The money isn't going
directly to the schools.''
Wilson's donation is the largest the archdiocese
has ever received. The money will be used to fund the Cardinal's Scholarship
Program, which was started in 2005 to give disadvantaged students attending the
archdiocese's inner-city schools partial or full tuition grants, Jacqueline
LoFaro, the archdiocese's associate superintendent of schools, said in a phone
interview today.
``It was a chance for a very modest amount of money to get
kids out of a lousy school system and into a good school system,'' Wilson said.
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