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

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Schoenstatt Vancouver is mourning!

Schoenstatt Vancouver is mourning!

Few weeks ago, I asked for prayers for a Srilankan lady who is a member of Schoenstatt. Her son is the coordinator of Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign here in Vancouver. She had been hospitalized for about two months and passed away yesterday. We believe it to be a particular blessing since yesterday is Friday and a special day for the Church and all souls. I was at the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament yesterday and we had a Mass afterwards. The priest made a special prayer in a way that I thought he was particularly praying for her. All these are signs from our MTA to console us and tell us that she was with her. It is a great consolation since both the children (my friend here in Vancouver and his sister in Wisconsin are new immigrants) of the diseased are abroad and could not make it to Srilanka because of Green Card and Visa problems.

So thanks to all who prayed. We know that God always answers our prayers. He just doesn't always give us the expected answer. But He give the best for us. And we are thankful for the consolations received.

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