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

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Assumption of Our Lady

I interrupt my 'break' to get my blog to celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady:)

The pope gave a great homily today about how Mary is closer to us than ever, now that she is one and in heaven with her divine son.

Nous te saluons,
Ô toi Notre Dame,
Marie,vierge sainte que drape le soleil.
Couronnée d'étoiles, la lune est sous tes pas.
En toi nous est donnée
L'aurore du salut
1. Marie Eve nouvelle et joie de ton Seigneur
Tu as donné naissance à Jésus le Sauveur.
Par toi nous sont ouvertes les portes du jardin
Guide-nous en chemin, Etoile du Matin

2. Tu es restée fidèle, mère au pied de la croix.
Soutiens notre espérance et garde notre foi.
Du côté de ton fils, tu as puisé pour nous
L'eau et le sang versés qui sauvent du péché.

3. Quelle fut la joie d'Eve lorsque tu es montée,
Plus haut que tous les anges, plus haut que les nuées,
Et quelle est notre joie, douce Vierge Marie
De contempler en Toi la promesse de vie.

4. Ô Vierge immaculée, préservée du péché,
En ton âme, en ton corps, tu entres dans les cieux.
Emportée dans la gloire, Sainte reine des cieux,
Tu nous accueilleras un jour auprès de Dieu.
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