Sunday, 10 July 2011

'Take up your Cross and Follow Me' - thoughts from Archbishop Charles Caput

With grateful acknowledgements to 'Les Femmes- the Truth' - Mary Ann Kreitzer.

 From  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Head of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado:-       

"Take up your cross and follow me."

"The world urgently needs a re-awakening of the Church in our actions and in our public and private witness...We need really to believe what we say we believe. Then we need to prove it by the witness of our lives. We need to be so convinced of the truths of the Creed that we are on fire to live by these truths, to love by these truths, and to defend these truths, even to the point of our own discomforts and suffering. We are ambassadors of the living God to a world that is on the verge of forgetting him. Our work is to make God real; to be the face of his love; to propose once more to the men and women of our day, the dialogue of salvation...The form of the Church, and the form of every Christian life, is the form of the cross. Our lives must become a liturgy, a self offering that embodies the love of God and the renewal of the world... Let us preach Jesus Christ with all the energy of our lives. And let us support each other -whatever the cost- so that when we make our accounting to the Lord, we will be numbered among the faithful and courageous, and not the cowardly or the evasive, or those who compromised until there was nothing left of their convictions; or those who were silent when they should have spoken the right word at the right time."

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Head of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado

Yesterday was the diocesan feast day of Our Lady of Aberdeen, in which diocese Stronsay is situated.

'Our Lady of Aberdeen, please  pray for our Holy Father, our Bishop, the Transalpine Redemptorist community, all priests and religious, and the laity of our diocese'.