A Good Friday Message from the Vatican

I just found this Good Friday message here:

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, the preacher of the Papal household offered a short reflection at the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word [at the Vatican’s Good Friday liturgy, over which BXVI presided].  Fr. Cantalamessa brought up the currently popular issue of “global warming” and warned about the equally troubling threat of “spiritual glaciation.”

“Our civilization, which is dominated by technology,” the Papal preacher said, “is in need of a heart which is able to survive in it, without completely being dehumanized.  We must give more space to the ‘reasons of the heart, if we wish to avoid that, while in the midst of physical warming, our planet falls spiritually into an ice age.”

My response was:

I love our Holy Father.  He is a man after my heart, as was JPII.  If it weren’t for him and his admonitions about our need to mitigate global warming, I would be truly demoralized by the culture of death that surrounds me, even in my church (the Pope’s messages do not trickle down) — the icy cold-hearted disregard for life in the womb and on the earth, the spiritual glaciation during this our man-made heating and the death and destruction we are causing.  May the glorious, risen Jesus have mercy on our souls and help us.


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