Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Growth in Vacations

Our holy father Pope Benedict reminds us that vacations can be a time of spiritual growth and enrichment as well as a physical respite. During his vacation he commented on the purpose of vacations during his daily address. (Is he really on vacation?)

“Every good Christian knows that vacations are an opportune time to stretch one's body and to nourish the spirit in more ample spaces of prayer and meditation, to grow in one's personal relationship with Christ, and to conform more and more to his teachings,” the Pope said.

As he began his message, Pope Benedict thanked the Lord for the possibility to spend some days of rest in the mountains, and he expressed his gratitude “to those who have welcomed me here in Lorenzago, in this enchanting panorama in which the summit of Mount Cadore forms the background and where my beloved predecessor John Paul II visited several times.”

“Before this scene of meadows, of woods, of peaks ascending toward heaven,” the Pope said, “the desire to praise God for the marvel of his works spontaneously arises in the soul and easily transforms itself into prayer.”

The universality of our faith is never more evident than when we travel. Thank you God for Mass Don't leave home without it!
See you next week, God bless.


Blogger JP Manzi said...

Assuming, then, that you are on vacation, hope you have a blast. What a great time to leave all your worries and troubles behind!

July 17, 2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

I want to be there. Now.

July 18, 2007 11:07 AM  

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