Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.


"...And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself," (Jn 12:32).

We must no longer be ashamed of Jesus Christ. How many years have we Christians been afraid to mention His name except as a curse word? It is as if a hidden apostasy, a secret departure from God has happened in the quiet depths of our heart. For how many decades have our churches been full but our hearts empty? Now at last the Holy Spirit is showing us how brittle and effeminate our faith have become: our forebears proclaimed Christ into lions' dens, but we are afraid to mention him in polite company.

Over the long decades of the twentieth century, how many households stowed their statues in attics? How many gradually let go of the confessional so as to cling to sin? How many abandoned any of the filial devotion due to Jesus' Mother and to ours, because such things seemed so... ethnic? Slinking away from our Lord, we have also left the greatest gifts he gave us.

The world NEEDS Jesus Christ - it is reeling without Him. Let us put our house in order, reform our lives, and begin again to proclaim our faith: Jesus Christ is Lord!

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