RSS

Holy Week Language Practice

Helloooo! I was bored a couple of night’s ago and thought I’d practice a little bit of my second favorite language, French! Here’s a brief reflection on Holy Week and Easter that I wrote in French with the English translation below. I’m sure some of my French speaking friends will find some errors, let me know where they are so I don’t make them again! :)

Mes frères et sœurs :

                Cette semaine est vraiment très sainte ! Cette semaine est très sainte parce qu’il est la semaine de la passion et la résurrection du Seigneur Jésus Christ. Vraiment, cette semaine nous rencontrons Dieu dans le monde, dans nos familles, dans nos frères et sœurs et fils, et surtout dans nos cœurs. Tout au long de l’année, le Dieu parle à nous dans nos cœurs, mais il parle la spécialement dans cette semaine très sainte.

Pourquoi ? Pourquoi est-ce que cette semaine est différente du reste de l’année ? Encore, par sa passion et résurrection, nous rencontrons Jésus ! Jésus est mort afin que nous puissions être libres ! Libre de quoi ? Libre de nos péchés, libre des blessures de nos cœurs, et libre de la honte de nos vies.  A cause de son sang, nos blessures deviennent une bénédiction.

Quelquefois, nous voulons abandonner notre chemin de la sainteté parce que le chemin est trop difficile ou trop long pour nous ; nous voulons dire à nous-mêmes « Je ne suis pas assez fort pour la vie Christiane.  Ou est mon Dieu ? Est-ce qu’il m’adore ? »

Alors, aujourd’hui, disons à notre Dieu, notre Père, notre Roi : « Mon père, mes péchés sont nombreux et grands. J’ai besoin de votre amour ! Je veux votre amour pour moi ! Je dois savoir votre amour ! » Je promets, le Seigneur va écouter a vous parce qu’il vous aime !

Alors, chaque matin, quand je me réveiller, je vais dire avec une grande joie :

« Ouvrez les yeux de mon cœur, aujourd’hui ! Ouvrez les yeux de mon cœur parce que je suis votre fils ! Je suis un fils de Dieu ! Jésus Christ est mon rédempteur, mon Roi, mon Dieu, et mon meilleur ami ! Il est mon frère. Mon magnifique, mon extraordinaire, mon sensationnel Dieu : Je t’aime ! Je t’aime ! Je t’aime ! »

Cette semaine est très spécial. Il attend pour vous, il attend pour moi. Abandonnez votre cœur dans son cœur. Vous y trouverez la vraie paix et le vrai bonheur.

Que Dieu vous bénisse !

Joyeux Pâques !

 ———–

And in English:

Dear brothers and sisters:

                This week is truly very holy! This week is very holy because it is the week of the passion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, this week we must meet God in the world, in our families, in our brothers and sisters and children, and, most important, in our hearts. All throughout the year, God speaks to us in our hearts, but he speaks especially during this very holy week.

                Why? Why is this week different from the rest of the year? Again, through his passion and resurrection, we meet Jesus! Jesus has died so that we can be free! Free from what? Free from our sins, free from the wounds of our hearts, and free from the shame of our lives. Because of his blood, our wounds become a blessing.

                Sometimes, we want to abandon our way of holiness because the way is too difficult or too long for us; we want to say to ourselves, “I am not strong enough for the Christian life. Where is my God? Does he love me?”

                So today, let us say to our God, our Father, and our King, “My father, my sins are many and great. I need your love! I want your love for me! I need to know your love.” I promise, the Lord will listen to you because he loves you!

                So each morning, when I wake up, I will say with great joy:

                “Open the eyes of my heart today! Open the eyes of my heart because I am your son! I am a son of God! Jesus Christ is my Redeemer, my King, my God, and my best friend! He is my brother. My magnificent, my extraordinary, my sensational God: I love you! I love you! I love you!”

                This week is very special. He waits for you, he waits for me. Abandon your heart into his heart. There you will find true peace and true happiness.

                God bless you!

                Happy Easter!

               

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“Return to me, rebellious children,” says the Lord.

Image

So seminarians and priests (and lots of other people, too) pray what the Church calls the Liturgy of the Hours out of a book called a breviary 5 times a day (Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer). It is the prayer of the whole Church since, despite time and language differences, every breviary contains the same prayers. I could go into a lot more detail about this, but on to the real post….

Here’s a reflection from my journal:

The reading from Daytime Prayer this last Friday (Midday Prayer, April 4) was from Jeremiah, and ends with the verse, “Return to me, rebellious children,’ says the Lord.”

Lord, why don’t people flock to you by the millions each second of each day? Why aren’t the lines for Holy Communion hours long and spanning city blocks? Do many people hate you? Are you unloved? Maybe by some who don’t really know you. For most, I’d suspect that the reason is simple, but sad: not that we don’t love you, but that we love ourselves more.

The peace and promise of your son and his redemption, his purchase of heaven for us, his eradication of our sins by his blood, the promise of life – flourishment on earth and total friendship in eternity – how can these be denied or ignored?

It is hard for us, for me, to first admit that I am a rebellious child before being able to really give over my heart to you. It is hard to admit that I am fallen and sinful and weak. Jesus, my savior and perfect friend, do not let me forget the peace that comes with this difficult admission and never let me forget, even for a second, the promises offered to me that follow from it. I love you, Jesus, my king and best friend.

—-

Easter’s almost here! Don’t let it pass by and leave you untransformed.

RA

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Prayer of the Little King

You ask of me not mediocrity, but greatness.

Help me to see where my heart is
weary, indifferent, or unclean.

Wake me up. Make me holy.

Heal me. Deliver Me. Rescue Me.
Sanctify me.

Mend my heart, close my wounds, open my soul

 

and breathe.

 

Breathe into me

your life, your power, your strength, your zeal

that I might love and preach and spread your gospel.

And never, ever stop loving me

for I promise with all my heart

to never, ever stop loving you.

Make me free.

Make me holy.

Make me yours.

 

“And I will do it,”

says the Lord.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rome: Academia

I’m sitting here during our “study hours” (one of the joys of being a seminarian) in the library of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, thinking about all of you back in Oswego with grateful affection and, due to the weather, a tinge of pity. It was 48 degrees when I left for class this morning and I overheard one of the Italians say “Winter has arrived in Rome!” We’ve got it hard over here, folks; keep us in your prayers, won’t you? 
If it’s any consolation, I’m kind of looking forward to the snow and Chicago winter when I come back in January. 

Anyway, lest any of you think I’m just over here on a long vacation or some kind of field trip on steroids, I thought I’d share a little of the academic life of Rome with you all.

For a long time, Rome has been a major cultural hub of Europe. The concept of a university as we think of it today was developed by the Church in monasteries and other places of learning in the middle ages. Thus it is only fitting that there many of the finest universities in the world (at least for the study of philosophy, theology, canon law, and relevant subjects) can be found here in Rome. Some universities are overseen by the Vatican’s congregation for education, and these universities bear the status and name “Pontifical.” These schools are also licensed to give certain “degrees” (the Europeans call them “licenses”) from the Church, things like STB, STL, STD (varying levels of the study of Sacred Theology), JCB, JCL, JCD (varying levels of Canon Law), etc. Also, if I’m not allowed to make jokes about the STD (doctorate in Sacred Theology), then neither are you. 

While in Rome, I am studying at a place called the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also called the Angelicum because St. Thomas Aquinas is known as the “Angelic Doctor” for his work, among other areas, in the study of angels, knows as “angelology.” You might wish I was joking, but I’m not; there really is an area of study called angelology and it is absolutely fascinating. 

The “Ange” is about a 2 mile, 40 minute walk from our house near Piazza del Popolo and is situated right next to the Roman Forum. Up the street and around a (couple of) corners is the Colosseum and to the right and up (and down) some hills is the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major). 

The university offers programs primarily in theology, philosophy, and canon law. As a college seminarian, I am required by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Program of Priestly Formation” to study philosophy, which I was a little reluctant to do at first. The truth is, however, that none of the theology of the Church, its sacraments, social teachings, moral teachings, etc make sense without philosophy. Without the study of the soul and its implications for human dignity, matter and form/accidents and substance and their relevance to the sacramental life of the Church, logic and forming good arguments, (believe me, the list is endless) none of what I am studying as a seminarian or will practice as a priest makes any sense. 

We also have the chance to study art, some theology, and a course involving the social dimensions of the Church through history. 
So, real quick like, a run down of this semester’s courses:
Modern Philosophy is taught by a Spanish Dominican living in Italy teaching about French and German philosophers to English speaking students. This is stuff like Descartes, Locke, and Kant. 

Art and Architecture is a survey of church art, art media, the evolution of sacred art and its relevance to the life of the Church.

Spiritual Theology: Theology of the spiritual life/relationship with God. Basically getting one’s mind blown every Wednesday from 8:30-10:15am by a former spiritual director of Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta. 

Church and Culture is a class sponsored by our home university in St. Paul and is taught by one our own professors. 

Intro to Italian: Va bene. 

But seriously, there’s no way I’m letting the academics get in the way of my education while living here in the heartbeat of the Church. Every walk down the sidewalk is a lesson in itself. 

Thanks and praise always to God who, besides being the Man, never fails to satisfy. No matter what subject it is, at the end of the day we are always studying him and his goodness to us lowly creatures here who, for some odd reason, he loves so much. 

Same as ever,
RAImage

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Tu Es Petrus, Part 3: My Father’s Shoulders

MY FATHER’S SHOULDERS
Blessed Pope John XXIII

There is an attraction to Blessed Pope John XXIII which I still cannot explain and it has been my search for an answer to this problem which has led to his becoming one of the saints who is closest to me, nearest to my soul. At first, I was interested in him as an intercessor for me on my quest for humility and “holy humor.” I needed to find an example of someone in the Church who was able to achieve holiness of life and purity in humor and speech, someone to whom I could really relate, so that I might finally be convinced that it is possible for a relatively normal person to be both gifted with humor and still live a life of holiness.

Eventually, I purchased the diary of John XXIII, which is one of the only documents of its kind in the history of the Church. This document, which John entitled Journal of a Soul, tells the life story of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, in his own words, from the time he was thirteen years old and continues in a nearly unbroken chain of entries until his death; the only complete story of a high school seminarian who became pope, written by the man himself. Through the course of his writing, especially in his years leading up to ordination, the pope describes a boy who is constantly afraid of never being good enough, who is constantly under performing academically, who cannot rise to the expectations of formation, and who does not think it is possible that he will ever grow in his spiritual life, given the severity of his shortcomings. He was a boy who was constantly battling his own pride in social situations, distractions in prayer, and lack of enthusiasm for the rules of seminary life. As he continued to grow in affective maturity, as he continued to go deeper in his own spiritual life and become more attentive to the Holy Spirit’s work in his life, Pope John began to become much more content with himself and his failings, learning to rely totally on the providence of God. This is why, during his professional career with the Vatican’s diplomatic corps, no matter how many times the Roman Curia cast him off to places like Istanbul as Apostolic Visitor or Paris as Nuncio, John never allowed himself to remain downcast because he knew that whatever gifts needed to diffuse the difficult situations in which the Church found herself would be given to him by God and that it was God, not himself or the Roman Curia, who was in charge and would ultimately determine the outcome of his life and of his clerical career.

When he was elected pope, John recalled how, some seventy years earlier, he was carried into St. Peter’s Square to see the Holy Father on the shoulders of his father and expressed how truly remarkable it was that he was now the one sitting on the throne of Peter, representing God to the world as the Vicar of Christ. When I read this, I was struck by his words, but not necessarily because they are in themselves profound. I find these words striking because I was instantly reminded of my first time inside St. Peter’s Square, that sixth day of September after having traveled for over twenty four hours, relying totally on the grace and providence of God. The next time I would return to that place, almost a month later after walking the Camino in Spain and traveling to France, Luxembourg, and England, I would watch the sun set over the dome of the St. Peter’s, standing with my brothers in that space and thanking God for the abundance of blessings and graces received, again relying totally on the grace and providence of God; in some sense, I was riding into St. Peter’s Square on the shoulders of my Father, who is Heaven.

I chose to take up the two instances of Jesus and Peter is scripture as a means to illustrate two important things. First, and more generally, it is important to note that the way Jesus spoke to Peter and the other apostles is the same way that he speaks to us today. Those questions posed over and over to Peter and his brethren are the same questions that Christ asks us today in the silence of our hearts united with his in prayer. Secondly, and more specifically, I am constantly inspired by Peter and his response to the Lord. When I look at St. Peter’s Basilica, under which lie the bones of the apostle himself, I am edified thinking that it is because of Peter’s trust in Christ that made all of this possible. There is an exact second in time that Peter both fell in love with Christ and accepted the Lord’s will for his life. It is because of Peter’s yes, in the same way that it is Mary’s yes, that we have a Church, that we have a vocation, that we have access to salvation. In the examples of Mary and Peter, we see the role that one person can play when he has come to totally trust and love Jesus Christ, when he ponders the mysteries of God in his life, and when he accepts the call, the invitation to holiness and the impact that these decisions can have on the rest of the Church, an impact that will last until the end of time. Jesus calls us, brothers and sisters, in the same way he called St. Peter and he has a plan for our life as equally important and necessary, perhaps only in spiritual terms, as Mary and St. Peter. When Jesus calls you from yourself and onto something greater and more beautiful in his name, may you find in him the courage and peace you need to pursue him, to find his will, and fall ever more deeply in love with the one who has snatched you from the fire, purified you with grace, and restored in you his promise of salvation and everlasting life.

“May the God of peace make you perfect in holiness. May he preserve you whole and entire, spirit, soul, and body, irreproachable at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Thessalonians 5:23

Your brother in Christ,

Ryan M. Adorjan
Rome, Italy
9 October 2013

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Tu Es Petrus, Part 2: “Do you love me?”

The dialogue between Jesus and Peter that I examined in the first part of this letter is not the only time that Jesus questions Peter with the hope of revealing something to him. For anyone who is actively seeking Christ in his spiritual life should be acquainted with this kind of dialogue with the Lord, the difference being that it can sometimes seem, unlike Peter’s experience, that Jesus never gives us answers, only more questions. The infusion of God’s wisdom in us can have this effect, especially as we allow it to sink into the bloodstream of our souls and literally change our lives. Like Mary in the Gospel of Luke who “treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19), we are invited by the Holy Spirit, yes, to be aware of the presence of God in a practical way, but more than this we are to be caught up in the mystical working of the Spirit, constantly pondering the works and mercy of God in our hearts. This is the kind of contemplation that sets Christian spirituality apart from the traditions of other religions; our experiences in contemplation do not arise out of our own experiences within us but originate totally without us, that is, outside of our own experience, and the fruits which are borne from our spirituality come completely from the goodness of God and not from our own pious inclinations or feelings. This grace, being that it builds on nature, must be accepted by us and thus the works of God may be made manifest through our cooperation with this grace. More often than not, these experiences of grace and of the Lord working in us are the result of or will follow one of these question-and-answer sessions with the Lord wherein he will ask us one of two essential questions: the first, as we already saw, is “Who do you say that I am?” That is, “Do you trust me? Do you really believe that I am who you say I am? To whose opinion of me will you listen?” The second, which will we will now encounter, is “Do you love me?”

As I have often written in other places, there are many ideas presented in scripture that are foundational to our ministry as servants of the Word. The absolute foundation must be our identity as sons and daughters of God the Father, adopted by grace and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.[1] Another foundational concept in the life of service and discernment is beautifully presented in this encounter between Jesus and Peter in the Gospel of John, 21:15-17:

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep.

In this brief conversation, Jesus reveals his desire for Peter’s service to his flock, undoubtedly to the Church proclaimed by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. The disciples had now been travelling with Jesus for a long time, listening to him preach, and allowing him to show, by deed and word, the way his disciples should tend his flock once he had left them. More than this, during their time together Jesus was teaching his followers how to love their neighbors, and how to do so with the heart of a servant.

At the center of Jesus’ questions to Peter is this love. “Peter do you love me?” Our blessed Lord proposes the same question three times in direct succession, even causing Peter to become distressed as if, perhaps, the Lord does not believe his love to be genuine, and so Jesus asks again just to be sure. It is critical to take note that Jesus does not ask Peter this question three times because it is he who needs the confirmation of Peter’s love. Rather, Christ asks Peter this question for the sake of Peter’s realization that he does in fact love the Lord and will do whatever he asks because at the heart of our profession of belief and love in Christ Jesus is the call to service, the call to lay down our lives, and to follow Christ. This is why, after each profession of love, Jesus gives Peter his vocation: take care of my flock! Lay down your life for me and for the Church which you are to build in my name! Be the source of unity for my people and have faith.

So often, in my own prayer life, the question-and-answer sessions with Jesus culminates in a dead end with seemingly no progress made. Like Peter, I become bereft because I do not see the point to the constant questioning of the Lord, but this is a result of only one thing: my own ignorance of what Jesus is actually asking me! When we surrender to Jesus, “Lord you know everything,” then we can see what Christ is up to: he is trying to show us that he is the way, the truth, and the life. I encourage you to pray for the grace to have a heart which is quiet enough to discern which question Jesus is really asking: “Who do you say that I am?” or “Do you love me?” In the case of Peter, the answer to each question yielded untold graces; in one instance, he was entrusted with the keys to the kingdom of heaven and, in the other, was entrusted with care of the flock of Christ, to which we all belong.

Christ calls each of us out of our selves, out of our daily lives and into his service, which is essentially the service of his gospel and his Church. When Jesus calls, when Christ questions, discern which question he is asking and then respond with all your heart! Let your answer to God’s call be, like Mary, a constant “yes,” always ready to act in word and deed but even more willing to ponder, with a spirit of contemplation, all of these things in your heart so that when Jesus looks you in the eyes and says “Feed my sheep,” you might know what he means and faithfully follow the Good Shepherd through the pastures of salvation.

In this third part of this letter, I will discuss John XXIII and the providence of God. To be continued.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Tu Es Petrus: Part 1

Brothers and sisters, 

Today marks exactly one month from the time I left the United States. What a blessed time, filled with difficulties and struggles which are pushed aside by the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God in my life. For years, I have dreamt of standing in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, kneeling in prayer inside the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, gazing into the mystery of England’s Crown Jewels, exploring the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Since first grade, my history classes have told of the glory of Rome: the excitement of being in the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and so on. More important to me than any of these places, however, is the Papal Basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, aka St. Peter’s Basilica. 

When we arrived in Rome on September 6, the group had the chance to visit St. Peter’s Square for a few moments on the way to catch our next flight. What an experience. It was like walking into the living room of the Universal Church. There were people from all over the world, some to adore the art and architecture, some with tour groups, some on their own kind of spiritual adventure. But isn’t this the Church? People from every end of the earth, every walk of life, every situation, and every journey, all of whom share in the most important reality of all: We are, each of us and in his own way, sinners who neither have a right to nor have merited the salvation offered us through God the Father’s self-donative act of giving his only son, Jesus Christ who is Lord, to the world so that he might suffer and die on a cross, only to defeat the powers of death and sin and rise again in three days. 

In Sacred Scripture, it is clearly the intention of Jesus to found a Church, The Church, which would continue to spread his message of life, faith, hope, charity, and salvation for all even after his ascension into heaven. St. Matthew records the events quite clearly in his gospel, Chapter 16:13-19: 

 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi* he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,* others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”17Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood* has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.18k And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,*and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.19l I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.* Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

This question and answer session between Jesus and Peter is foundational (no pun intended) for the creation of the Church. Jesus approaches his disciples and asks who the people say he is. Indeed, the Jewish people have been waiting for centuries for the Messiah to come and some consider him to be one of the Old Testament prophets returning to them, either to announce in a new way the coming of the Messiah or perhaps even as the Messiah himself. 

This bears much similarity to today, doesn’t it? There is the common phrase, “Jesus Christ is either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord.” That is, this man called Jesus was either lying and pretending to be the Messiah like countless phonies before him, he was just another crazy person or perhaps taken over by a demon, or he was in fact the Son of the Living God. The world today, through the influence of “popular culture,” mass media, and an increasing atmosphere of individualism, materialism, and a greater secularization of culture, believes Jesus was a) a liar: There really is no God because we humans are as good as it gets; how can an all-good God allow evil in the world?; there is no such thing as objective truth, morality. No one is going to tell me how to live my life; Science has proven there is no God; b) a lunatic: Jesus preached love for everyone, no matter what; my sins don’t matter because Jesus came to teach us about loving other people and if we do that, then we are ok; I love Jesus so I am saved; c) The Lord: there really was a man named Jesus Christ, who was born of Virgin, suffered, was crucified, was buried, and rose again; that he does call us to love others, but to love as he loved: giving of himself totally for the good of another; there is One God, who is a community of persons, of Father, of Son, and of Spirit. The world says many things to us about the role of religion, Christianity in particular, and since the beginning the world has been uncomfortable with Christianity because, in many respects, it goes directly against every trend and whim of society in favor a life of self-donation, of Truth, of love. 

After this question, Jesus takes the generality out of the picture and goes directly at his apostles: but who do YOU say that I am? This is no longer an opportunity for the twelve to talk about the problems of the world, the cultural attitude toward Christ,the struggles of others; instead, this question is aimed directly at the truth of the identity of Christ as it has been planted in the hearts of the apostles. Who do you say that I am? 

Isn’t this the same question asked by Jesus to our hearts, our minds, in prayer? Isn’t this the question that Christ asks us and then waits so patiently for our response? This is what Christ is asking when we are faced with a tough decision in life, one that can lead us closer to him or into sin, a situation in which we are faced with following the way of the world or the Way of the Cross. So often I am faced with my own sinfulness and inadequacy for the life to which I have been called and am often tempted to throw in the towel and move to something more pleasure-oriented; but it is in these moments that Christ looks at me and says “Ryan, who do you say that I am? You say that I am the Lord, your God; you know of my love for you; you say ‘Jesus I trust in you,’ you tell me you want to follow me…is this true? Who do you say that I am?” 

In my better moments, I am able to look back in to the eyes of Jesus and, echoing St. Peter, can say with conviction, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” That is the answer. If Jesus is who we say and who we believe in our hearts that he is, then we can’t go wrong. In our fallen humanity, we are prone to sin and we will veer off the road from time to time, but this is the beauty of Christianity: we are fallen but redeemed, sinners but saved, selfish but wiped clean in the blood of the Lamb of God. 

Because St. Peter had the courage to profess his faith in the identity of Christ as Messiah and Son of God, he received the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven from Christ who changed his name from Simon to Peter, which means “rock,” and it would be upon this rock, this man, that the Church Christ intended to build from the very beginning and, by the presence of the Holy Spirit, sustain until the end of time would be born and would flourish for the promotion of abundant life, of repentance and renewed focus on the “narrow door,” of redemption in blood and salvation in glory. 

In the same way, Jesus Christ asks us to be like Peter and have the same courage to affirm and defend Christ’s Church in the world so that we may participate ever more intimately in the everlasting life that has been promised by God the Father, through his Son, to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church since the very beginning. 

In part two of this letter, I will reflect on John 21:15-17. To be continued.Image

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 401 other followers