Pope John Paul II offered an answer to the horror of the Holocaust."Can it still be a surprise to anyone that the Pope born and brought up in this land, the Pope who came to the See of St. Peter from the diocese in whose territory is situated the camp of Oswiecim (Auschwitz), should have begun his first encyclical with the words ‘Redemptor Hominis’ and should have dedicated it as a whole to the cause of man, to the dignity of man, to the threats to him, and finally to his inalienable rights that can so easily be trampled on and annihilated by his fellowmen?"
I extend a cordial welcome to the Vatican to all of you today: the Officers and Men of the United States Navy stationed aboard the USS Kennedy. I have been informed of your service in the Middle East – a service performed in relation to the excruciating suffering that Lebanon is undergoing.
1. "Then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory" (Mk 13: 26).
On this last Sunday of Ordinary Time, the liturgy speaks to us of Christ's second coming. The Lord will appear in clouds, clothed in power and glory. He is the same Son of man, merciful and compassionate, whom the disciples knew during is earthly journey. When the moment comes for His manifestation in glory, He will come to give human history its definitive fulfillment.
Through the symbolism of cosmological upheavals, the Evangelist Mark recalls that God will pronounce His last judgement on human events in the Son, putting an end to a universe corrupted by falsehood and torn by violence and injustice.
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Ratzinger said once that unless someone has wrestled with the reality of resurrection, faith can become just a pious legend. It has to rock you. The early apostles experienced that. Every Christian has to go through it. Unless you struggle with faith you’re not going to have much belief.
--Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien
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