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Homilies, World Youth Day, and the Rosary

14 Oct

I wasn’t going to blog today, but I came across a couple articles at Catholic News Agency that I thought were worth sharing.

First, in “Reaching teens: the priest who roared,” Mary Hasson tells about a recent experience of her teenage son, who was won over by the homily of a visiting priest whose passion was contagious. I think there’s an important lesson there not only for priests and deacons, but for all of us when it comes to communicating our faith to others. In addition, I don’t think young people are the only ones who sometimes need to hear a passionate, challenging presentation of the Gospel!

Second, in “Experiencing the universal,” Jessica Harris provides an interesting insight on the value of World Youth Days to get youth to think outside their “bubble” as members of a Church that is truly universal–something we need to do even when WYD isn’t going on.

Also, ZENIT reports that at this week’s Wednesday Audience,  Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the daily recitation of the Rosary, emphasizing that it is a tool to grow in the theological virtues and a path for cooperating in the plan of salvation. He referred to the Rosary as a “school of prayer for us,” and he expressed his wish that the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary, would assist in discovering “the beauty of this simple but efficacious prayer.”

For our archdiocesan posts on the Rosary this month, click here.