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Catholic News Agency (CNA)

February 20, 2013

 Madrid, Spain, Feb 18, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News)

A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked at those who prepared his meal the way that she looks at her children.

During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Madrid for World Youth Day, a group of teachers from the Fuenllana School prepared lunch for him.

Diana Cabrera, a mother of three, teacher and host of a cooking show on Spanish television, was among those who helped cook for the Holy Father at the request of Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid.

Cabrera affectionately recalls the encounter with the Pope and said that what most impressed her was “how detached and humble he was, always attentive to others, looking at them in the same way that I look at my children.”

“He was continuously observing and attentive to all the details and all the people that were around him,” she explained in a press release from the education center. “I saw that he cared for them, he seemed to rise above to the spiritual level of those who were around him and those of us who were serving him.”

“I could tell by how he looked that he realized how excited we were to be working for him,” she continued. “I was amazed that despite the fatigue and the hot temperatures that day in Madrid, (the Pope) was attentive to others.”

Cabrera described the Holy Father as “the most important person I have ever served” and said that to see him was to “see a very spiritual person” who was filled with immense peace.

She explained that the spirituality, joy and humility the Pope conveyed “both with his presence and with his gaze” impressed her greatly.

Although she was initially very nervous about the lunch, Cabrera recalled that once Pope Benedict arrived, her “nerves were gone, because he conveyed such peace that he made you feel like you were with someone from your family.”
After lunch, the Pope “unexpectedly got up and came towards us and told us in Italian: ‘That was the best meal of my life, the food was so beautifully prepared, and that beauty leads to God,’” she said.

The menu that day featured salmorejo (a Spanish soup made with olive oil, vinegar and tomatoes), veal with vegetables and a dessert of lemon sorbet and jello.

The director of communications at Fuenllana, Carmen Calvo, told CNA on Feb.15 that wine was offered to the Holy Father, but he declined and preferred to drink orange juice. He asked for a copy of the menu to have as a memento, Calvo said.

All of the items used to prepare the lunch were donated by supporters of the school, and nearly 40 volunteers – including cooks and waiters – served the Pope and his entourage of approximately 60 people.

The school’s principal gave the Holy Father a donation of nearly $6000 to help pay the expenses of a new vocation to the seminary resulting from World Youth Day 2011. She also gave him a photo album about the school and a small statue of Our Lady of Fuenllana.

Cabrera said that after the experience, “I resolved to spread that joy and happiness that I saw in the Holy Father to those around me, and I know as a Catholic that that is precisely what our faith teaches.”

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/mother-who-cooked-for-pope-recalls-his-paternal-care/

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By Deacon Keith Fournier February 2nd, 2013 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Does the heroic leadership of Pope Benedict XVI represent one more fulfillment of the prophetic vision of the Saint whose Feast we celebrate? Pope Benedict XVI is steering the Ship through troubled waters, charting a path through those sure pillars of protection and heavenly aid. St. John Bosco, pray for us.

CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic online) – On January 31 in the Roman Calendar we celebrate the Feast of St John Bosco (also called Don Bosco). He lived in the 19th century and poured out his life serving the Church of Italy. Don Bosco was the founder of the Salesian Society and walked in a wonderful and intimate communion with the Lord. He also lived during a difficult time for both the world and the Church.

Among the accounts of his life, we read of a vision he shared on May 30, 1862. It comes to my mind frequently these days. The vision revealed the great threats facing the Church as she continues the redemptive mission of her Lord. It also reveals the path which will lead her to victory over her enemies. The vision has been the source of much inspiration, insight, speculation and reflection.

Images of the vision have been painted by many of the faithful. The paintings themselves have a prophetic effect on the observer. The saint saw the Church as a great Ship of Peter surrounded by a flotilla of other vessels. They were engaged in intense warfare. At the helm of the Church was the Pope who at one point in a fierce battle fell mortally wounded. The enemies of the Church closed in sensing this was their moment.

In the vision two columns then emerged from the great ocean. On one was a golden Monstrance with the Holy Eucharist exposed within it. The column was inscribed with the words “Salvation of Believers”. The other column held an Image of Mary, the Mother of God, inscribed with the words “The Help of Christians”. Here are words which purportedly reflect those actually spoken by the Saint in describing this vision:

“The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.

“Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up, firearms and beaks fall to pieces, ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up but, struck down a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place. The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope’s death coincides with that of his successor’s election. The enemy’s self-assurance wanes.”

“Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns and moors it to the two columns; first to the one surmounted by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other. Some auxiliary ships which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship are the first to tie up at the two columns.”

This vision could describe what is occurring in our own day. We have been blessed with holy successors of Peter who are steering Christ’s Church through those two columns in very troubled waters. One, Blessed John Paul II, was shot – but saved through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin on a Marian Feast day. Another, Pope Benedict XVI, is leading the Church through the troubled waters of the dictatorship of relativism.

Both have engaged courageously in doing battle with those forces which oppose the Church. Both stood at the helm while steering her safely through the twin poles which certainly stand for orthodoxy (right teaching) and orthopraxy (right practice).

Blessed John Paul II is in the communion of Saints in the Church triumphant, interceding for the whole Church. His friend and successor, Pope Benedict XVI has continued providing heroic leadership to the Church. I am convinced he is leading the Church through turbulent waters into a new missionary age.

Throughout the Pontificate of Blessed John Paul II he called for a New Evangelization. His friend and successor, Pope Benedict XVI, has made this a central pillar of his pontificate. In a Motu Propio directive (which means issued on his own authority) Pope Benedict established a new dicastery (Vatican Office).

It underscored the seriousness with which he views this mission of the New Evangelization.  It is specifically tasked with evangelizing countries where the Gospel was announced centuries ago, but where its presence in peoples’ daily life seems to be all but lost.

Cultures formerly infused with a Christian culture are now regularly called post-Christian – and understandably so. Yes, there are many good and genuine Christians living within these Nations. However, the scourge of legal abortion, the attacks on true marriage and the family and society founded upon it, and the intolerance against people of faith, speaks clearly of the decline of Christian influence in these Nations. I prefer to refer to them as “Pre-Christian.”

They are now our mission field. When Blessed John Paul visited the Americas he wrote a letter “To the Church in America” http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_22011999_ecclesia-in-america_en.html  in which we find these words:

“The new Evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious, and well organized effort to evangelize culture. The Son of God, by taking upon Himself our human nature, became incarnate within a particular people, even though His redemptive death brought redemption to all people, of every culture, race and condition. The gift of His Spirit and His love are meant for each and every people and culture, in order to bring them all into unity after the perfect unity existing in the Triune God.” (# 70)

The New Evangelization requires an authentic renewal of the Church so that she can undertake such a new missionary outreach to the world. These two aspects of the one call are intricately connected. Only a Church fully alive in the Lord and filled with His Spirit can carry out such an evangelical mission.

The Church is Christ’s plan for the entire world. The early Fathers called her the world reconciled. She is a universal sign, sacrament and seed of the kingdom of God. These wonderful words from Par # 845 of the Catholic Catechism, citing words from the early fathers of the Church, should anchor us in hope:

“To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.”

Contemporary Western culture has lost its way, throwing off almost every remnant of Christian influence. It has embraced a new paganism. What Pope Benedict calls the Dictatorship of Relativism is the bad fruit of a rejection of a belief in the very existence of truth. In effect, the West has embraced a practical atheism. It is Eden’s error written large in an age which has rejected God and His plan.

Given the current state of our National moral decline we need to view the entire American continent as missionary territory, ripe for this New Evangelization. We also need to view the once Christian Nations of the European continent as mission territory.  Most importantly, we need to view ourselves as missionaries in a new missionary age.

Pope Benedict XVI will turn turned 86 years old on April 16, 2013. Some early observers indicated his age would make him some sort of caretaker Pope. His pace has demonstrated the observers were wrong. He has proven to be an indefatigable and tireless missionary of a Pope.

He has continued the pastoral visits of his predecessor with amazingly fruitful travels around the world. The youth of the world still flock to World Youth days and his genuine love for them – and they for him – is evident. He has pastorally and decisively dealt with serious matters concerning the need for a purification of the Church.

He is exactly what he told us when he began his service, a “simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord” Notice how little fanfare accompanied his birthday as well as this six year anniversary of his election. Clearly, to this successor of Peter, it is not about him, but about the Lord whom he serves. His diminutive size and humble manner reveal the holy heart of this man totally given over to the Lord.

He is a scholar of the highest order, yet able to communicate with simplicity and beauty because he is a man of deep prayer. He has given continual teaching to the faithful – including some of the finest hagiography in centuries – during his Wednesday Catechesis.

He made Church history, when Motu Propio, he released of the Apostolic Constitution on Groups of Anglicans which has begun the healing of the divided Western Church. The fruits of these Ordinariates will be recounted by future historians as among the most important events in the Third Millennium of the Church.

He has earned the great respect of Patriarchs and leaders of the Orthodox Church and is making progress toward some form of communion between Eastern and Western Christianity which could make the Third Millennium a millennium of communion.

He has championed the re-christianizing of Europe and passionately promoted the New Evangelization of the Church – even establishing a new Pontifical Council on the New Evangelization. He has been a champion of the New Ecclesial movements and helped to ensure that they are rooted in the heart of the Church and received as gift for the missionary work of the Church in this hour.

He has doggedly defended the Christian roots of the West and defended religious freedom as a fundamental human right. He has engaged the Islamic world with great charity and courage on the ground of dialogue in truth. He began the Courts of the Gentiles outreach engaging atheists and agnostics.

The Church is truly blessed to have him at the helm of the Barque of Peter as she sails into the Third Christian Millennium. His heroic leadership may well represent one more fulfillment of the prophetic vision of the Saint whose Feast we celebrate on this day.
We need to pray for him, take our place on the Bark of Peter and follow Him as he follows the Lord. He is steering the Ship through troubled waters, charting a path through those sure pillars of protection and heavenly aid. St. John Bosco, pray for us, pray for Pope Benedict XVI.

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The above video is a tribute to the Papacy.   May you find it educational in your Christian pilgrimage and study.

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http://catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=42088

Brothers and Sisters this is the model, motive and modern thinking of the day.  This is not what Catholics are about.

We are about the Magisterium.  We are in the world not of the world.  We are a contradiction as the Lord said from the beginning.  He was the first the world rejected before we were.  He told us this and it is true today because our Lord is alive and risen.

He warned us that all of this would always happen.  God said there is nothing new under the sun.  This isn’t new. The times are a little modern when it comes to material things that is the only difference. Nothing else when it comes to the Lord.  The evil one wants us to believe so and we must resist the things of this world which have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God.

Do not store up treasures.  Serve Him as best you can with what you have and within your means.

The ethics, morals and precepts of God are just as important today as they were in the past.  More so because our Lord came to fulfill the law not to change it.

He brought mercy and salvation to all.   He asked only one thing of us and that is to obey His commands.

The word “obey” is a dirty word to the modern world.  Serving is not any different from in the past either.  To serve is to serve the Master.  To obey is to obey as our Our Lord Jesus Christ asked.   Both of these words in black and white mean one thing not many meanings or whatever we want them to mean.  They mean and meant exactly what He asked.  We want to walk with Him someday we must work for it.  This world will never love us or need us unless it suits the world.  This is a false world and we must live in it as He taught us to do.  In humility if at all possible.  This too is not easy but its the only defense against evil and the evil one’s.

The Lord wants those to persevere even in trying times.  To obey and to serve Him in these times is not easy but we can do it if we stay close to Him.  He gave us His mother to.  Never forget her either.  She gave us His treasurer—The Rosary.  It comes from Him and was bestowed to her.  It is a good teaching because it is as ancient as the beads that were taught in the Jewish world.  If it comes from Him it is ours to use for our benefit to survive the worldly vision.

No it is not easy but He never said it was easy.  He said, “Pick up your crosses and follow me.”

Lets get movin’ and follow Him.  We know better in Him, I’m pretty sure you and I will serve.

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The above documentary is on the life of the present Pope Benedict the XVI, the Church and the Vatican.  Pope Benedict XVI is a living, teaching authority, unbroken from the time of the Apostles passed to them by Jesus Christ.

SEE ALSO:

http://www.ewtn.com/library/CHISTORY/zratzfam.HTM

SEE:  http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-highlights-marys-role-as-woman-of-the-apocalypse/

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See Video Below:

http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video;_ylt=A0SO8Zs2b.lN21wAMs77w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBncGdyMzQ0BHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEdnRpZAM-?p=matt+lauer+and+Archbishop+Timothy+Dolan&ei=utf-8&n=21&tnr=20&y=Search

For Story link:

http://catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=41646

Everyone has been enduring the Sexual Scandal in the Catholic Church for sometime.  Now it is being addressed by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York in an interview by Matt Lauer of NBC’s The Today Show.

 

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