Pope Francis wrote this to the Cardinals-to-be:
The cardinalship does not imply promotion; it is neither an honor nor a decoration; it is simply a service that requires you to broaden your gaze and open your hearts. And, although this may appear paradoxical, the ability to look further and to love more universally with greater intensity may be acquired only by following the same path of the Lord: the path of self-effacement and humility, taking on the role of a servant. Therefore I ask you, please, to receive this designation with a simple and humble heart. And, while you must do so with pleasure and joy, ensure that this sentiment is far from any expression of worldliness or from any form of celebration contrary to the evangelical spirit of austerity, sobriety and poverty. (Text)
We offer our good wishes to England and Wales' new Cardinal, Archbishop Vincent Nichols on his appointment. Our prayers will be with him all the way.
Ted Millichap expresses the sentiments of many when he says, "Many congratulations, Vincent. We have a leader of proven ability to take us into the new era."
This is a huge thought as we enter 2014 and a hope for the world. St Ireneus said some 1800 years ago that the glory of God is a fully alive human being. Let us stop stunting spiritual growth and rejoice in seeing God in all of those around us.
We came across this through a link from the ICN daily e-mail. Is your parish involved in something similar?
Please also see the links below
Recycling for Justice
At Ealing Abbey Parish, in West London, we have an Environmental Noticeboard as well as a Justice and Peace Board. We support a recycling clothes scheme which benefits the SVP. People bring in their clothing instead of throwing them out. We have organised bicycle racks at the church to encourage people to cycle instead of driving to mass. Our Newman Circle includes talks on the Environment. The parish is looking at introducing bees by the end of the year! We are renewing our meditation garden and we have a small orchard and they will be encouraging parishioners to take the fruit home.
A hope and prayer for Advent by John Chuchman. Thank you, John.
A truly Catholic Church
is a loving church
where the equality of all the faithful is respected,
the gulf between clergy and laity is bridged
and the People of God
select their bishops and pastors,
is a church with equal rights for women,
where women are full participants in decision-making
and are welcomed in all ministries,
including the diaconate and the ministerial priesthood,
is a church where priests choose
either a celibate or non-celibate way of life,
where the right of a congregation to the Eucharist and pastoral care
are more important than canon law,
is a church which affirms:
the sacredness of sexuality,
the primacy of conscience,
the human rights of all persons regardless of sexual orientation,
and the importance of issues other than sexual morality,
is a church which:
affirms people rather than condemns them,
respects primacy of conscience in all moral decision-making,
embraces and welcomes those who are divorced and remarried,
and others who exercise freedom of speech.
A Truly Catholic Parish
is a joyful Christian community
which celebrates the loving word of God
in worship and in action,
transcends traditional boundaries
and welcomes those who seek spiritual growth and social justice,
welcomes diverse ideas
and encourages reflection on the message of the Gospel,
is committed to the equality of all
and strives to ensure full participation
through liturgy, education and service,
seeks to empower all to grow in wisdom
and bring to reality the promise of Christ.