Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pope's Homily-Yankee Stadium

"Praying fervently for the coming of the Kingdom...means being constantly alert for the signs of its presence, and working for its growth in every sector of society. I means facing the challenges of prsent and future with confidence in Christ's victory and a commitment to extending his reign. It means not losing heart in the face of resistance, adversity and scandal."

It means overcoming every separation between faith and life, and countering false gospels of freedom and happiness. It also means rejecting a false dichotomy between faith and political life, since, as the Second Vatican Council put it, 'there is no human activity--even in secular affairs--which can be withdrawn from God's dominion' (Lumen Gentium, 36)...."

And this, dear friends, is the particular challenge which the Successor of Saint Peter sets before you today. As 'a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation', follow faithfully in the footsteps of those who have gone before you! Hasten the coming of God's Kingdom in this land!"Past generations have left you an impressive legacy.

In our day, too, the Catholic community in this nation has been outstanding in its prophetic witness in the defense of life, in the education of the young, in care for the poor, the sick and the stranger in your midst. On these solid foundations, the future of the Church in America must even now begin to rise!"

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