Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beautiful - and Powerful!

Yesterday, on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, our beloved Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, consecrated all the priests of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This event, as the Year for Priests comes to an end next month, has profound significance, both theologically and spiritually. The Successor of St. Peter has entrusted the priests of the world, in a formal act of consecration, to the spiritual care of the Mother of God in the very place where She appeared. As the Pope has reminded us, we are only seven years away from the centenary of Her appearance. With all that has happened, and all that will happen, I think this moment is going to have profound significance, not only for all priests, but for the whole Church. Thank you, Holy Father!


Coffee Catholic said...

Er... Can I ask The Ignorant Question O' The Day, Father?

Why is this significant? (I'm seriously ~ it's an honest question.)

the owl of the remove said...

It's significant, Coffee, because when the Successor of St. Peter, during the Year of the Priests, does something like this - in the spiritual realm - this consecration is entrusting all the priests of the world in a very special way to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - the Pope must think this is both urgent and essential given the likelehood of greater persecution and trials. I thnk we will only see why this is important as things start to "hot up!"

gemoftheocean said...

About time too!

[Why did the "Year of St. Paul" last for freakin' EVER...and the "year of the priest" go by so quickly?

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