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Pope Benedict XVI's Letter to Spanish Bishops: 19 May 2005
The Holy See ^ | 5/19/2005 | Pope Benedict XVI

Posted on 06/08/2005 7:16:01 AM PDT by Pyro7480

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR OF SARAGOSSA

Beloved Brothers in the Episcopate,
Dear Priests and Deacons,
Men and Women Religious and Catholic faithful of Spain,

I am pleased to address my cordial greeting to you and I spiritually join you on the national pilgrimage to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Pilar of Saragossa, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception and to renew the consecration of Spain to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which took place 50 years ago.

1. With this pilgrimage, you want to deepen the admirable mystery of Mary and to reflect upon her inexhaustible resources for every Christian's call to holiness.

As the Year of the Immaculate Conception coincides with the Year of the Eucharist, at the school of Mary we are better able to "learn" Christ. Contemplating her as the "Woman of the Eucharist", she walks with us to meet her Son, who is with us "always, until the end of the world" (Mt 28: 20), especially in the Most Holy Sacrament.

2. The Immaculate reflects the Father's mercy. Conceived without sin, she was able to forgive, at the foot of the Cross, those who had abandoned and wounded her Son. As "Advocate", she helps us in our needs and intercedes for us before her Son, telling him, as she did at Cana in Galilee, "They have no more wine" (Jn 2: 3), trusting in the fact that his heart, full of goodness, will not defraud us in a moment of difficulty.

By indicating clearly, "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2: 5), she invites us to draw close to Christ and, in this proximity, to experience, feel and see "how good is the Lord". This experience endows the human heart with greater far-sightedness to appreciate all that is good, beautiful and true.

3. Sustained by the paternal care of Joseph, Mary welcomed her Son. In the home of Nazareth, Jesus reached adulthood, in the bosom of a family, humanly splendid and pervaded by the divine mystery. It continues to be a model for all families.

In this regard, the family, through home life, fulfils its human and Christian vocation, sharing joys and hopes in an atmosphere of understanding and reciprocal help. Therefore, the human being who is born, develops and is formed in the family, is able to start out on the journey of good without hesitation, without allowing himself or herself to be disoriented by customs or ideologies unworthy of the human person.

4. In this moment of discernment for many hearts, you Spanish Bishops turn your gaze towards the one who, with complete availability, welcomed the life of God that entered history. For this, Mary Immaculate is intimately united to the redemptive action of Christ, who did not come to "condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him" (Jn 3: 17).

I know that the Catholic Church in Spain is ready to take decided steps in its evangelization projects. And so, it is to be hoped that its true nature and mission will be understood and accepted, as it seeks to promote the common good of all, both the person and society.

As a consequence, the transmission of faith and the religious practice of believers cannot remain confined to the purely private sphere.

5. I place all your worries and aspirations at the feet of the Virgin, trusting in the fact that the Holy Spirit will move many people so that they generously love life and welcome the poor, loving them with God's same love.

To Mary Most Holy, who generated the Author of life, I entrust every human life from the first moment of its existence until its natural death. I ask her to protect all families from every kind of social injustice, from all that degrades their dignity and threatens their freedom; and for respect for religious freedom and the freedom of conscience of every person.

I call upon the Immaculate Virgin with full trust, so that she protect the people of Spain, its men and women, in order that all contribute to the attainment of the common good, and particularly to the foundation of the civilization of love. I also encourage each and all to live in your particular Church in a spirit of communion and of service, and I exhort you to give devout witness to the Virgin Mary and to tireless love of neighbour.

I invite you who are participating in this great pilgrimage to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Pilar of Saragossa to deepen Marian devotion in your towns and cities, where Mary awaits you in the countless churches and shrines that fill the Country of Spain; and in the parishes, too, as well as in communities and in the domestic family. Return there full of joy with the Apostolic Blessing that I most affectionately impart to you.

From the Vatican, 19 May 2005


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: benedict; benedictxvi; eucharist; immaculate; immaculateconception; mary; pope; spain

Our Lady of the Pillar, Zaragossa, Spain

Our Lady of the Pillar

1 posted on 06/08/2005 7:16:01 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 06/08/2005 7:17:00 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: Miss Behave; NYer; american colleen; Prince Charles; ELS; ColoCdn; onyx; Rightfootforward; ...
Viva il Papa! ping!
3 posted on 06/08/2005 7:17:41 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: Pyro7480; GipperGal; kstewskis

He's magnificient. Eloquent and humble.


4 posted on 06/08/2005 8:08:59 AM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Pyro7480

God willing, our wonderful new pope will have a long reign in which he will far outshine JPII. He is prepared to fight any battle in the name of our Lord.


5 posted on 06/08/2005 8:33:24 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never again trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: Pyro7480

As always...thank you.


6 posted on 06/08/2005 11:58:39 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Pyro7480

You've got a good Pope there, Pyro!


7 posted on 06/08/2005 8:08:24 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: onyx; GipperGal; Pyro7480
I love that man.

Viva il Papa!

8 posted on 06/08/2005 8:17:00 PM PDT by kstewskis ("I don't know what I know, but I know that it's big..." .........Jerry Fletcher)
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To: kstewskis; onyx; Pyro7480

He rocks! I can't wait to see him this summer in Cologne.


9 posted on 06/08/2005 8:19:38 PM PDT by GipperGal
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To: GipperGal; kstewskis


GG, you're going to Cologne?


10 posted on 06/09/2005 2:46:51 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: onyx; kstewskis; NYer
Yep! I took 3 weeks off in August (not too difficult really -- summer is dead in my biz) and have a plane ticket for a trip to Europe that I was supposed to take last year. So after seeing our new Pope emerge from the loggia last April, I decide that I want to be in Germany with the German Pope for last World Youth Day that I am technically eligible to attend (hit the big three-oh this year).

I think it is history in the making. Epic history! I believe B16 represents in his own person the very best of old Christian European Civilization -- a lover of Bach and Mozart, a theologian the likes of which we probably haven't seen since the great Scholastic days. We may never see his like again. And I want to see Christian Europe with my own eyes before it's gone.

I'm still looking for a group to go with. This week my older sister sent me info about the Legionnaires of Christ. (whoops, now I've done it. I've mentioned the LofC. Where's that Mershon guy to tell me how horrific they are?) The LoC are organizing groups of pilgrims for a very reasonable price (amazingly reasonable I should say -- $350 covering everything but airfare). I'm not a member of anything affiliated with them (I write this only to ward off the FR anti-Legion brigade), but I need to bunk with somebody. If you know of any other Freepers going, please let me know. I haven't set my travel arrangements in stone and would still be willing to change them and go with another group. I'm hoping also to spend the week before and after WYD touring Europe.

11 posted on 06/09/2005 3:08:18 PM PDT by GipperGal
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To: GipperGal

I am so thrilled for you! Please take a lot of pics! My husband has promised to take me to Rome next year to see him, but there are strings attached to his promise...lol.


12 posted on 06/09/2005 3:10:56 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: onyx

I think my nephew and I should do a live blog of the event! I'll bring my digital camera and post pics and commentary "on the hour, on the half, and as news breaks"...


13 posted on 06/09/2005 3:14:03 PM PDT by GipperGal
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To: Pyro7480; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
To Mary Most Holy, who generated the Author of life, I entrust every human life from the first moment of its existence until its natural death.

Here is Pope Benedict XVI at his best, speaking the patristic language of the East.

In the Maronite (Eastern Catholic) liturgy, as the gifts are being brought up to the priest, we chant .....

Halleluia!
I Myself am Bread of Life, the Lord declared
from on high I came to earth to bring the world
Life from the Father
True Word without Flesh and like a grain of the finest wheat.
Mary's womb became for me a fertile garden,
Now priests carry me aloft up to the altar
Halleluia. Accept our offering.

What a poetic visual!

14 posted on 06/09/2005 4:13:04 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

And right after the Consecration in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostomos, we chant:

"It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos."

Its much nicer in Greek! :)


15 posted on 06/09/2005 4:19:08 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: GipperGal; Siobhan
So after seeing our new Pope emerge from the loggia last April, I decide that I want to be in Germany with the German Pope for last World Youth Day that I am technically eligible to attend (hit the big three-oh this year). ... I'm still looking for a group to go with.

Maybe Siobhan can give you some helpful info.

16 posted on 06/09/2005 5:10:44 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: GipperGal; Pyro7480
Pyro, do you know any contact sources for our dear GipperGal with regard to World Youth Day?

The Juventutem website gives information about the Traditional Latin Mass side of World Youth Day in Cologne!

17 posted on 06/09/2005 5:29:54 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: GipperGal

You might check out the deal that USCCB has going:

http://www.usccb.org/laity/youth/registration.shtml


18 posted on 06/09/2005 6:20:45 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Heading east....)
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To: GipperGal; onyx; NYer
So after seeing our new Pope emerge from the loggia last April, I decide that I want to be in Germany with the German Pope for last World Youth Day that I am technically eligible to attend (hit the big three-oh this year).

How cool is that?

You will have Mass with Pope Benedict XVI!

(or would that a "mass Mass?")

We'll be depending on you for a blow by blow, account of it. My big concern, in a Mass that large, is the possibility for abuse...as you know, that's been discussed on several threads here.

I know you'll hold your end down, and hopefully with Benedict XVI in charge, it should hold some reverence there, and not so much a rock concert atmosphere.

Hooking up with the LoC folks, at least, should hopefully help in that realm! I'm envious!

19 posted on 06/09/2005 8:53:46 PM PDT by kstewskis ("I don't know what I know, but I know that it's big..." .........Jerry Fletcher)
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To: GipperGal; kstewskis; NYer; Petronski; fortunecookie; All

I think my nephew and I should do a live blog of the event! I'll bring my digital camera and post pics and commentary "on the hour, on the half, and as news breaks"...





Absolutely!
I am totally thrilled for you!

gipper gal is going to Cologne in August to see our magnificent Pope!



20 posted on 06/09/2005 11:09:54 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: onyx; cyborg; GipperGal

Way to go GG!

Look forward to your dispatches.


21 posted on 06/09/2005 11:12:13 PM PDT by Petronski (Veni Vidi Venti: I came, I saw, I drank a lottta coffee.)
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To: Petronski; GipperGal

I am just totally thrilled for her!


22 posted on 06/09/2005 11:20:49 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: NYer

Thanks for the ping, BUMP.


23 posted on 06/10/2005 6:04:23 AM PDT by BayouCoyote (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Pyro7480
I just got back from Europe.
When Spain passed that stupid law giving homosexual the same privileges as marriage I wondered WHY nothing didn't IMMEDIATELY happen with the Spanish Catholic community.
Then, a couple of days ago there was a huge protest of this law by the Spaniards.
Now I know why.
Pope Benedict told the Spanish bishops to get off their butts and do something. They did. They organized the protest. 'Bout time.

Amazing that the Holy Father had to be the one to speak out. Have we Catholics become "sheeple" or what?

Have we a winner in the PanzerPope or what.

24 posted on 06/22/2005 6:38:41 AM PDT by starfish923
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