Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI addressed the youth in his message for World Youth Day 2011, asking them to “strengthen their faith to counter the influence of secular society,” and telling the youth that the Church “needs your lively faith, your creative charity and the energy of your hope.”
In the midst of an age of relativism and secularist thought, the Pope reminded his audience that “wherever individuals and nations accept God’s presence, worship him in truth and listen to his voice, then the civilization of love is being built, a civilization in which the dignity of all is respected, and communion increases, with all its benefits.”
The book details Hunt’s discovery of the hidden treasures of the Catholic Church and the many beautiful elements of the Faith that many Catholics take for granted. His moving story reminds us that personal holiness is the key to doing God’s will and becoming the people God created us to be.
As you begin your journey through this Lenten season, think of the areas in your life where you are not allowing yourself to be the person God wants you to be. What can you do to make your will in more perfect conformity to His?
To help us with this process of conformity to the will of God, we can look to our Blessed Mother, who perfectly exemplifies how to live up to the high hopes our Father has for us.
“God has to have two pictures of us: one is what we are, and the other is what we ought to be…There is, actually, only one person in all humanity of whom God has one picture and in whom there is a perfect conformity between what He wanted her to be and what she is, and that is His Own Mother. Most of us are a minus sign, in the sense that we do not fulfill the high hopes the Heavenly Father has for us. But Mary is an equal sign. The Ideal that God had of her, that she is, and in the flesh” (The World’s First Love, Fulton J. Sheen, pp. 12-13).
A new Knights of Columbus/Marist poll reminds Catholics of the strong need to reach out to the young adult community to combat cultural relativism.
“It is very important for the Church to understand the outlook of the next generation of adult Catholics,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, in Rome for meetings at the Vatican. “Catholic Millennials support Church teaching in a wide variety of areas, including contentious issues like abortion and euthanasia. In other areas, the cultural relativism that Pope Benedict XVI has spoken so much about is very evident, and it confirms the wisdom of his attention to this question as central to the New Evangelization.”
Last Tuesday, we left you with some articles to help you prove the existence of God. Now, we want to share with you another of Dr. Kreeft’s articles that explains the problem of pain, what Kreeft considers “the one serious objection to the existence of God.”
If God is good, why is there so much bad in the world? Read more about the problem of pain so you can increase your own understanding, and share your knowledge with others to help them grow in faith: