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

Thursday, May 31, 2007


I missed posting on Pentecost (Birthday of the Church), and stories of the impressive saints; saint Rita and Saint Philomena on their feast day few days ago. I am glad to post something about the Blessed Mother in her month.

Today is the feast of the Visitation of Mary. May everyone get a special visit from her!



The Visitation of Mary is
one of the many Marian feast days on the liturgical calendar. The feast of the
Visitation recalls when a pregnant Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, who is
also pregnant. At the sight of Mary, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb “jumped with
gladness”, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth then spoke
the words that Catholics now recite in the Hail Mary: “You are blessed among all
woman, and blessed is the child you will bear.” Soon after, Elizabeth gave birth
to her son, John


And stories of St. Philomena and St. Rita.

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