“It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what earth can give.”
Humanity needs to be liberated and redeemed. Creation itself, as St. Paul says, suffers and nurtures the hope that it will share in the freedom of the children of God (Romans 8:19-22). These words are true in today’s world, too. Creation is suffering. Creation is suffering and waiting for real freedom; it is waiting for a different, better world; it is waiting for “redemption”. And deep down it knows that this new world that is awaited supposes a new man; it supposes “children of God”.
[I]n response to the shortage of diocesan priests and religious orders, we have given of our abundance by devoting seven of our priests to work in Columbia, Mexico, and Nigeria. There, as elsewhere, we bring not only the Gospel message, not only the rich traditions of the church, but practical assistance to feed the body, educate the mind, and nourish the soul.