Sunday, October 30, 2016
Church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini
Sia lodato Gesù Cristo!
As we come to the end of this wonderful and beautiful pilgrimage during which we have celebrated Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s motu proprio allowing for a greater and more generous availability of the Holy Mass in the usus antiquior, we do so on this great Feast of Christ the King. We are all most grateful to Pope Benedict for his loving care for those who are devoted to this ancient form of the Latin Rite, and we pray that the wider availability of the Traditional Mass will have a profound and lasting effect on our divine worship in both the Extraordinary and Ordinary form of the Roman Rite.
As we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, Holy Mother Church reminds us of the centrality of the mystery of Christ in both our lives and in our worship. We exalt our Divine Savior as the center of all human history and as the one who reveals to us the very meaning and purpose of our lives. It is this mystery that we celebrate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let us review what St. Paul teaches us about the fullness of all that God wishes to reveal to us in his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and King.
Press release on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Rome – Sept. 14, 2016: On the ninth anniversary of the entry into force of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, we are glad to announce the participation of William Cardinal Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the fifth international Summorum Pontificum Pilgirmage in Rome.
His Eminence has indeed accepted to give the homily for our usual Solemn Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica that will be celebrated at Noon, Saturday, October 29th. It will be a great joy and blessing to have Cardinal Levada, a former Archbishop of Portland, OR (1986-1995), united in prayer with the present Archbishop, the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample who will be the celebrant of this Mass and will guide the pilgrims during the entire pilgrimage.
Let us be reminded that it was Cardinal Levada, as President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, who signed the Universae Ecclesiae instruction that confirmed the implementation of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio.
(Holy Mass on 23 October 2015, Santa Maria in Campitelli)
Abp. Pozzo during his homily viewed from Fr. Z’s place.
Here we are again in Rome for our pilgrimage to the tombs of the two Holy Apostles, St Peter and St Paul. As pilgrims, you have come to perform the external task of walking, to give a visible sign of devotion and reverence, but you are more important task is along the inner path of Faith, as you look for the living God and try to strengthen your bond of love with Him.
We are living in difficult times, but we must not be discouraged or yield to resignation and pessimism. We must never forget that there are many other people around us who, although they do not recognise the Faith they have been given, are still trying to find a sense of meaning in their lives. This search for meaning is a real “preamble” to Faith, because it will lead them along the road up to the mystery of God.
It will be difficult for these searchers for something spiritual to find the True God and the True Church if we have not borne credible witness to them. What the world needs now is the credible testimony of good Catholics, so that many hearts and minds will open to God and the real meaning of life, which will never fade away.
The Catholic mission is not simply passing on a message. It means helping people to know Jesus and experience His love and His mercy as deeply and intimately as possible. We have to come out of ourselves to evangelise, and this is what it means to live a catholic life. Your pilgrimage to Rome is tangible proof that you want to come out of yourselves to pass the joy of knowing God on to other people who do not yet know Him or who have forgotten Him. Your pilgrimage must make you feel you belong to a community of missionary disciples.