No. 646 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 02 January 2012
- MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Mary is Jesus’ mother. Jesus is true God and true man. Two natures: one divine, another human. Both are united in the one divine Person of Jesus Christ. Rightfully the Ephesus Council in 431 defined Mary as the Mother of God. She is also our Mother. Mother of Hope.
- POPE BENEDICT XVI’S MESSAGE, WORLD DAY OF PEACE
January 1st is also World Day of Peace.
Benedict XVI’s Message is entitled “Educating Young People in Justice and Peace”, written on 08 December 2011.
Attitude of firm hope. “…people of faith with the Lord…with firm hope because they know that he will bring light, mercy, salvation (cf. Ps. 130, 6). I invite you to look to 2012 with this attitude of confident trust”.
“I would like therefore to devote this message for the XLV World Day of Peace to the theme ‘Educating Young People in Justice and Peace’, in the conviction that the young, with their enthusiasm and idealism, can offer new hope to the world” (n. 1)
“Education…means leading young people to move beyond themselves and introducing them to reality, towards a fullness that leads to growth” (n. 2)
True education takes place “first of all, in the family, since parents are the first educators”.
In the family, “children learn the human and Christian values which enable them to have a constructive and peaceful existence.” “…they learn solidarity between the generations, respect for rules, forgiveness and how to welcome others”.
“…the first school in which we are trained in justice and peace”.
To those in charge of educational institutions: “ensure that the dignity of each person is always respected and appreciated”. Enable each “to discover his or her vocations” and to help “to develop his or her God-given gifts” (n. 2).
“Every educational setting can be a place of openness to the transcendent (God) and to others; a place of dialogue, cohesiveness and attentive listening…” (n. 2).
“I ask political leaders to offer concrete assistance to families and educational institutions in their exercise of their right and duty to educate…Let them be committed to reuniting families separated by the need to earn a living. Let them give young people a transparent image of politics as a genuine service to the good of all” (n. 2).
Media contribute to education. Roles: “inform and form…the minds of their audiences…” (n. 2).
(2) Educating in truth and freedom.
“Education…is concerned with the integral formation of the person, including the moral, and spiritual dimension, focused upon man’s final end and the good of society…Therefore, to educate in truth, it is necessary first and foremost to know who the human person is, to k now human nature”. (n. 3)
“Man is a being who bears within his heart a thirst for the infinite (God), a thirst for truth – that man “Was created in the image and likeness of God” (n. 3)
“…one’s own profound dignity and the inviolability of every person”.
“…authentic human development concerns the whole of the person in every single dimension…including the transcendent (God).
“Only in relation to God does man come to understand…the meaning of human freedom”. It is the task of education to form people in authentic freedom”.
Freedom is not absolute. It is relational. “Man is a relational being, who lives in relationship with others and especially with God. Authentic freedom can never be attained independently of God”. (n. 3)
To exercise freedom then, ”man must move beyond the relativistic horizon and come to know the truth about himself and the truth about good and evil”. (n. 3)
“Right use of freedom…is central to the promotion of justice and peace”.
(3) Educating in justice
Justice is located “within the horizon of solidarity and love”.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Mt. 5,6). “They shall be satisfied because they hunger and thirst for right relations with God, with themselves, with their brothers and sisters, and with the whole of creation”. (n. 4)
(4) Educating in peace.
“Peace cannot be attained…without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity”. (n. 5)
“Christ is our true peace (cf. Eph. 2: 14-18). …in him there is but one family, reconciled in love”.
“Peace is both a gift and a task to be undertaken”.
“…to be true peacemakers, we must educate ourselves in compassion, solidarity, working together, fraternity, in being active within the community and concerned to raise awareness about national and international issues and the importance of seeking adequate mechanisms for the redistribution of wealth, the promotion of growth, cooperation for development and conflict resolution”. (5)
(5) Raising one’s eyes to God.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains from where shall come my help” (Ps. 121.1)
“It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom…LOVE”.
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