The Church Nascent – Signs of Spring –

Posted on April 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Praying fervently for the coming of the Kingdom also means being constantly alert for the signs of its presence, and working for its growth in every sector of society.

It means facing the challenges of present 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life, since, as the Second Vatican Council put it, “there is no human activity – even in secular affairs – which can be withdrawn from God’s dominion” (Lumen Gentium, 36).

It means working to enrich American society and culture with the beauty and truth of the Gospel, and never losing sight of that great hope which gives meaning and value to all the other hopes which inspire our lives.

– taken from Pope Benedict XVI Homily in Yankee Stadium
20 April 2008

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