Thursday, April 11, 2013

fiftieth anniversary of the Encyclical Pacem in Terris,

The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace. May the fiftieth anniversary of the Encyclical Pacem in Terris, which falls today, serve as an incentive for your commitment to promoting reconciliation and peace at every level.

Our mission is to use the work ‘Opus in Fides’ Fr Norris diary as a catechesis. [1]‘In what does man’s wretchedness actually consist? Above all, in his insecurity; in the uncertainties with which he is burdened; in the limitations that oppress him; the lack of freedom that binds him; in the pain that makes life hateful to him.’ “We can say, then, that the root of man’s wretchedness is loneliness, is the absence of love.”  [2]‘No one can escape from the fundamental questions: What must I do? How do I distinguish good from evil? The answer is only possible thanks to the splendour of the truth which shines forth deep within the human spirit, as the Psalmist bears witness: "There are many who say: 'O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord”. (Ps 4:6).

[1] [1] Tracy Rowland. ‘Ratzinger’s Faith. The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI.’  Oxford Uni press (2008)   p 52.
[2] Ioannes Paulus PP. II. Veritatis splendor.