11/10/2005

Go Papists!

So yesterday was the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica of St. John the Baptist, which is the Papal cathedral and his parish church.

And today is the feast of Pope St. Leo Magnus, who did as much in his day (and even more) as JPII has done in ours. [Blessed John XXIII writes eloquently of this Great pontiff here.]

Why is this significant? Because it's a great time to celebrate what makes us Catholic, namely, that we believe in the Petrine Ministry and the Magisterium of the Church, an Authority commissioned by Christ to safeguard the twin sources of Divinely Revealed Truth: Scripture & Tradition---

and without which we would be adrift in fog. We would be shackled under a tyranny of falsehood, deception, and LIES. God Bless Papst Benedict, who reminds us over and over again that Christ, the One Who offers us Everything, has set us free~

3 comments:

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

These are also a very Roman feast and a very Roman memorial. We are a universal Church, yes, but it is good to have at the front of our minds, from time to time, that we are also Roman.

Mark John said...
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Mark John said...

Enbrethiliel, that is a good point to add. Near the end of Pope Benedict's homily for the Mass of Possession of the Chair of the Bishop of Rome, he says these words:
"Dear Romans, I am now your Bishop. Thank you for your generosity, thank you for your sympathy, thank you for your patience with me! As Catholics, in some way we are also all Romans.

With the words of Psalm 87, a hymn of praise to Zion, mother of all the peoples, Israel sang and the Church sings: "Of Zion they shall say: "One and all were born in her...'" (v. 5). We too can likewise say: as Catholics, in a certain way, we are all born in Rome.

Thus, I want to try with all my heart to be your Bishop, the Bishop of Rome. And let us all seek to be more and more Catholic - more and more brothers and sisters in the great family of God, that family where no one is a stranger.
"


For the whole homily, go to:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2005/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20050507_san-giovanni-laterano_en.html

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