Mission Priorities

Point to the Transcendent

Pope Benedict Benediction

'Heart speaks unto heart’ was the theme of the visit of the Holy Father. To many, in the first instance, these words communicate that it is possible to experience an intimate spiritual encounter with God which can not be expressed in words. Repeatedly the Holy Father referred to and participated in events that pointed and witnessed to transcendent realities. Eucharistic adoration in particular featured prominently in this regard. He invited us all to explore ways of bearing witness to the transcendent; to focus on the Eucharist (Sacraments) and respond to the universal call to holiness.

How can we witness to the transcendent in our lives? The answer to that is found in the life and writings of Blessed Newman:

"By letting the light of faith shine in our hearts, and by abiding in that light through our daily union with the Lord in prayer and participation in the life-giving sacraments of the Church, we ourselves become light to those around us; we exercise our 'prophetic office'; often, without even knowing it, we draw people one step closer to the Lord and his truth. Without the life of prayer, without the interior transformation which takes place through the grace of the sacraments, we cannot, in Newman’s words, 'radiate Christ'; we become just another 'clashing cymbal' (1 Cor 13:1)."

Pope Benedict XVI, Reflection at Hyde Park, 18 September 2010

"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth."

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