Tuesday, April 26, 2005

From Pope Benedict's inaugural homily

There are so many great points in the Pope's inaugural homily! Here is one of the most outstanding:

"It is really so: the purpose of our lives is to reveal God to men. And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him. The task of the shepherd, the task of the fisher of men, can often seem wearisome. But it is beautiful and wonderful, because it is truly a service to joy, to God's joy which longs to break into the world."

"Each of us is the result of a thought of God." I love that; it's just so great. It reminds me of something St. Thomas said, that God loves us into being. God doesn't love us because we're good, but we're good because God loves us. Before God loved us, we were nothing. We came into being only because God, in loving us, put goodness into us and created us.
It's a great thing to meditate on, that even sin can't make God stop loving us.


Seismic said...

A couple of thoughts:

1 - Pope Benedict will end up being a better communicator than people thought possible.

2- Why can't my parish priests give better sermons. Ioften feel that is topic that deserves some serious thought.

sapaix said...

I think each person has a special gift. Some have gifts like preaching, healing, teaching or praying.Some priests may be better on their kneels than at the pulpit but it's also a great gift that the same Spirit gives!

Sr. Lorraine said...

It is true that some priests are more naturally gifted as speakers. But those who aren't just have to work harder at it. One of the main tasks of the priest is to preach the Word of God, and to do a poor job at it is to be that much less effective than he could be.

Seismic said...

While I would agree that not every priest can give great sermon. Every priest can improve - even if just a little bit.

One idea would be to have a diocesan team (lead by a priest) consistitng of people (both lay and religious) who really know effective public speaking. They would watch the various priests give homilies and then grade and coach each of them on ways of improving.

Another problem is the heavy accents of some of the foreign born priests. There is a particular priest in my parish from India who I have a very difficult time understanding. Just getting a speech coach who could help them lose their accents a bit would be a big help.

Robin L. in TX said...

I also think that we in the pews also need to improve our reception of the homily. We have often had poor communicators or foreign-born priests that are hard to follow as homilists in our parish.

I have found, though, that by concentrating on the meaning of the homily, in spite of a halting, or difficult to understand presentation, God will bless me with kernels of Truth that will pop into my mind at appropriate times in the next week or two.

Two many times, we just tune out a monotonous tone or halting English--I know I have and still do from time to time, but God does work through weak vessels so that we know beyond a shadow of a doube that it is Him at work.

In Christ's peace and joy,