17 September 2010

I watched...

...the Holy Father this morning at St Mary's Twickenham, wearing the blue stole tie-dyed and heart batiqued specially for him, as he addressed what had to be the biggest ever school assembly (it did do what it said on the tin, it was The Big Assembly!).

It was simply perfect.

Here's a snippet I pinched from the Catholic Herald:

Not only does God love us with a depth and an intensity that we can scarcely begin to comprehend, but he invites us to respond to that love. You all know what it is like when you meet someone interesting and attractive, and you want to be that person’s friend. You always hope they will find you interesting and attractive, and want to be your friend. God wants your friendship. And once you enter into friendship with God, everything in your life begins to change. As you come to know him better, you find you want to reflect something of his infinite goodness in your own life. You are attracted to the practice of virtue. You begin to see greed and selfishness and all the other sins for what they really are, destructive and dangerous tendencies that cause deep suffering and do great damage, and you want to avoid falling into that trap yourselves. You begin to feel compassion for people in difficulties and you are eager to do something to help them. You want to come to the aid of the poor and the hungry, you want to comfort the sorrowful, you want to be kind and generous. And once these things begin to matter to you, you are well on the way to becoming saints.'


Mike said...

Did anyone else catch on that, while the Holy Father was here, the sun shone every day, and after he left us, it stopped shining?
Must've taken it with him, back to Vatican City.

Annie said...

Apparently that was specially true at Cofton Park, where the sun came out when His Holiness arrived, and went in again when he left!