May 5th, 2008
School of Nursing
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I write this on April 21, 2008 after spending five days in Bethesda,
Maryland and Washington, D.C. and watching extensive television
coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States.
When I read the First Reading of today, I think of the Pope’s
visit. I make a parallel of Paul’s message with Pope Benedict’s
message in one country (United States) at one point in time (April
2008) – just as Paul’s message was also within a certain
context of place and time.
Paul assessed and spoke to the needs of the people at that place
and time. I reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s assessment of needs
and his speaking to some of the needs of Catholics and others in
this country at this time –
1) acknowledging the pain and suffering of those individuals sexually
abused by clergy;
2) acknowledging the need of family togetherness of immigrants;
3) the promotion of ecumenism.
By parallel extension, I trust that all of us, imbued by the Holy
Spirit (a theme of Paul’s message) and as living people of
the faith, will follow Paul’s example – “and for
three months debate boldly with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom
of God.” Perhaps, our “debate” will be ‘behavioral
debate’ in the way in which we live our lives. Perhaps, the
living faith and the Holy Spirit will become alive to others because
of our behaviors.
to the writer of this reflection.
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