Posted by: matt25 | September 26, 2015

And We’re Off!  (And the Pope’s UN address)

We have boarded bus 1 of 3, courtesy of St. Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages, to make our way to Philedephia.  Once there we will check into our hotel and quickly come back out to travel downtown to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway which is the location for both of the Papal activities we will be attending.  Tonight we will attend the Festival of Families which is the culmination of the World Meeting of Families which has been held most of this week.  Tomorrow we will leave the hotel at 5AM in the hopes of being early enough to get a decent place to stake out for the Mass which begins at 4PM. 

After boarding (and posting a couple of pictures to Facebook) we all prayed the joyful mysteries of the rosary together for the safety of all, and for the grace of God to fill Pope Francis and all who are being touched in any way by his visit.  I then decided to read his remarks to the United Nations, which I did not get to yesterday as I tried to put 9 pounds of activity into a 3 pound sack.  I will post a few excerpts that I felt were important below for those who do not wish to read the full text.

Comment below if you would like me to remember any of your intentions in prayer at Mass tomorrow.

Here are those quotes, but first, pass the popcorn.  The movie, “Mary of Nazareth” just started.

Future Sustainable Development Goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development. Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustice and resisting the “economy of exclusion”, the “throwaway culture” and the “culture of death” which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted.

Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.

Consequently, while encouraging you in your continuing efforts to coordinate the activity of the international agencies, which represents a service to all humanity, I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.

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