- On a new series in the year of Faith (18th October 2012)
- On the nature of faith (24th October 2012)
- On the ecclesial nature of faith (31st October 2012)
- On the desire for God (8th November 2012)
- On the knowledge of God (14th November 2012)
- On the splendor of God’s truth (21st November 2012)
- On bearing witness to the Christian faith (28th November 2012)
- On the beauty of God’s plan of salvation (5th December 2012)
- On the unfolding of God self-revelation (12 December 2012)
- On the faith of Mary, the virgin mother of God (19th December 2012)
- On the identity of Jesus (2nd January 2013)
- On the incarnation (9th January 2013)
- On Christ as the mediator between God and man (16th January 2013)
- On Abraham’s faith (23rd January 2013)
- On the Almighty Father (30th January 2013)
I will try to put links of Benedict XVI new catecheses on prayer:
- Virtually Always and Everywhere, People Have Turned to God (4th May 2011)
- Man Bears Within Himself the Desire for God (11th May 2011)
- On Abraham’s Prayer (18th May 2011)
- On Jacob’s Wrestling with God (25th May 2011)
- On Moses’ Intercessory Prayer (1st June 2011)
- On Elijah’s Lessons in Prayer (15th June 2011)
- On Learning to Pray With the Psalms (22nd June 2011)
- Keep the bible near in times of vacation (3rd August 2011)
- Oasis of the spirit (10th August 2011)
- Meditation (17th August 2011)
- Art and Prayer (31st August 2011)
- He Listens, He Responds and He Saves According to His Ways (7th Sept 2011)
- On the prayer of Psalm 22 (14th Sept 2011)
- On the prayer of Psalm 23 (5th Oct 2011)
- On the prayer of Psalm 126 (12th Oct 2011)
- On the prayer of Psalm 136 (19th October 2011)
- On the prayer of Psalm 119 (10th November 2011)
- On the prayer of Psalm 110 (16th November 2011)
- On the prayer of Jesus (30th November 2011)
- On Jesus Cry of Exultation (7th December 2011)
- On Jesus’ Prayer as Love for God and Neighbor (14th December 2011)
- On the Holy Family’s Prayer (28th December 2011)
- On Our Lord Prayer at the Last Supper (11th January 2012)
- On the Priestly Prayer of Jesus (25th January 2012)
- On the Prayer of Jesus in Gathsemane (1st February 2012)
- On the Prayer of Jesus on the Cross (8th February 2012)
- On the last 3 words of Jesus Dying on the Cross (15th February 2012)
- On the silence of Jesus (7th March 2012)
- On the praying presence of Mary (14th march 2012)
- On the Apostles’ Response to Persecution (19th April 2012)
- On Prayer and Ministry (25th April 2012)
- On the Prayer of the first Christian Martyr (2nd May 2012)
- On St. Peter Imprisonment and Miraculous Release (9th May 2012)
- On Prayer in the Spirit (16th May 2012)
- On the Holy Spirit Prayer in us: Abba! Father! (23rd May 2012)
- On Prayer in St. Paul’s Letter (30th May 2012)
- On St. Paul experience of contemplative prayer (13th June 2012)
- On Prayer of Praise and Thanks (20th June 2012)
- On Prayer of St. Paul in the Letter to the Phillipians (27 th June 2012)
- On Prayer according to St. Alphonsus Liguori (1st Aug 2012)
- On the Prayer of St. Dominic (8th Aug 2012)
- On the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (29th Aug 2012)
- On Prayer in Part 1 Revelation (5th Sept 2012)
- On Prayer in Part 2 Revelation (12th Sept 2012)
- On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer (26th Sept 2012)
- On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer (3rd Oct 2012)
Pope Benedict’s homily on Christmas
In his Sunday greetings, the pope urges us to rediscover the beauty of being baptized in the Holy Spirit!
Let us rediscover, dear brothers and sisters, the beauty of being baptized in the Holy Spirit; let us be aware again of our baptism and of our confirmation, sources of grace that are always present.
“Let us ask the Virgin Mary to obtain a renewed Pentecost for the Church again today, a Pentecost that will spread in everyone the joy of living and witnessing to the Gospel.”
You can read the full article here.
And if you want to read the Pope’s homily for Pentecost, you can find it in this page.
In his Wednesday Audience, the Pope again prepare the Church for the solemnity of Pentecost. He teaches us about the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is “a power for the forgiveness of sins, for the renewal of our hearts and our lives. It renews the earth and creates unity where before there was division”. When it descended upon the Apostles they spoke in tongues, a sign that “the Babylonian dispersion, fruit of the pride which divides mankind, was overcome in the Spirit, which is charity and gives us unity in diversity”.
Moreover, he also spoke about the Church that is always in a state of Pentecost. Last SACCRE core leaders meeting, we met and discussed about the culture of Pentecost. So what is this “state of Pentecost” that the Church is experiencing all the time?
the Church is always, so to say, in a state of Pentecost. Gathered in the Cenacle, she prays incessantly to obtain ever new effusions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, … and is not afraid to announce the Gospel to the furthest confines of the earth.
I felt these two things came up from the words of the pope: 1) pray incessantly for an ever new effusion of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and 2) to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
The Church doesn’t preach using human wisdom, or mere human eloquence. She preaches with the Holy Spirit, the power that bridges all languages and nations. It is the power to forgive from God (only God forgives sins), it is the power that can renew people’s heart and lives (only God changes people’s lives).
It is the power that Jesus spoke when he was about to ascend to Heaven:
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama’ria and to the end of the earth.” ( Acts 1:8 )
Many people thought that the power is just about healing and miracles. But St. Thomas Aquinas said that the greatest miracle is the conversion of the world.
Uuuh, my heart is beating when I read what the Pope said. I think about a year ago I felt that the way to minister to youths is through their family as well. All this time, we simply minister “only youth”, or even worse, sometimes we take the youths from their family!
This is what the pope said to the Salesian:
Since the family should have an active role in the education of youth, it is necessary to expand youth ministry to family ministry.
btw, St. John Bosco, the founder of Salesian, is one of the patron saints for youth.
What can we do then?