- Saw the Pope.
- Went to the Mass with the Pope.
- The mass was Great. Very peaceful. The music was AMAZING. They played a piece by Holst that was fantastic. No Liturgical Dancers. (Maybe more on the mass later)
- Got blessed by the Pope. (The ladies in front of me that had 2 one-gallon size bags of religious medals and rosaries cracked me up during the blessing.)
- I got really really sun burnt. It was beautiful weather and not a cloud in the sky.
- I forgot to grab my camera off my table today, so no pictures of the mass from me. Though, I will remember to bring it to the youth rally in Yonkers.
- Leaving the mass I walked into a gaggle of Cardinals and was close enough to take all their zuchettos if I wished. Though it would have made a great story if I had made off with a Cardinal's zuchettos, I don't think it was in the spirit of the day.
- If you're interested. We did bump into John Kerry outside the National's stadium.
- I'm very TIRED.
- If you hadn't read or listened to the Pope's address to Catholic Educators then you are missing out. It was VERY good. This part really stuck out when I heard it
How might Christian educators respond? These harmful developments point to the particular urgency of what we might call “intellectual charity”. This aspect of charity calls the educator to recognize that the profound responsibility to lead the young to truth is nothing less than an act of love [emphasis mine]. Indeed, the dignity of education lies in fostering the true perfection and happiness of those to be educated. In practice “intellectual charity” upholds the essential unity of knowledge against the fragmentation which ensues when reason is detached from the pursuit of truth. It guides the young towards the deep satisfaction of exercising freedom in relation to truth, and it strives to articulate the relationship between faith and all aspects of family and civic life. Once their passion for the fullness and unity of truth has been awakened, young people will surely relish the discovery that the question of what they can know opens up the vast adventure of what they ought to do. Here they will experience “in what” and “in whom” it is possible to hope, and be inspired to contribute to society in a way that engenders hope in others.Other themes he touched upon: academic freedom, the search for truth, sex ed as 'risk' management. Though, I though it strange that the people in the audience only clapped when the Holy Father mentioned caring for the poor, which really was only the minor point to his address.
- This is funny: The Striking Similarities of Chickens & First Communicants
- The Papal Cross that Benedict has on his staff hasn't caught on yet, as all the programs still had the same papal cross that JPII used.
Thursday, April 17, 2008