Encountering Christ

And only where God is seen does life truly begin.

Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is.

We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.

Each of us is the result of a thought of God.

Each of us is willed,

each of us is loved,

each of us is necessary.

There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel,

by the encounter with Christ.

There is nothing more beautiful 

than to know Him

and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.

~Benedict XVI, on the occasion of his first homily, April 24th 2005

As we enter into this fifth week of Lent, let us remember that God desires for us to draw close to Him. Our Lord willed each of us, He loves each of us, and He is counting on each of us to do His work here on earth. As the Papal Conclave begins tomorrow, let us remember to pray for our Cardinals, that they would allow the Holy Spirit to work through them in electing the new successor of Peter.

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us! St. Peter, pray for us! St. John Vianney, pray for us!


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  • ontheroad

    I so apologize for interrupting this blog but I am so frustrated with the search feature of Patheos in general,
    BuildingCathedrals in particular. Sometime back a great post was written about the need for experienced mothers to offer a hand to younger moms. We have a young mom in crisis right now (with her 8th or 9th baby due in a few months) and I wanted to pass the blog entry/article on for consideration by some women at our church. I have spent over 2 hours trying to find it. It would be so helpful to have that article to send before we have a meeting — it is a great idea – as are many on this blog – but it is almost rarely a simple task to find the article unless it is within a month and then one can scroll back. Thanks and God Bless.

  • Ontheroad, I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! I have been frustrated by this change, too – I’m not sure what happened, but it used to be a Search feature for our blog that now searches all of Patheos. Do you remember any of the more specific content of the post, or who wrote it? This might help us to find it for you. Just leave a comment and I will try to help you find it!

  • ontheroad

    Thanks Katrina. I really wanted to contact someone at Patheos but wasn’t sure how to do that, thus the hijack of this post — which I really don’t want to do. The particular post was about how moms whose kids are raised could really step up and help younger moms – with babysitting, a kind word, some moral support – maybe an idea for a ministry for a parish. (I tried several tags and file names from the bottom of other posts – couldn’t find an appropriate one I guess). The lengthy, fruitless search is what put me over the edge : – ) but it’s happened before. There’s a gold mine in this blog and some others on Patheos, but it’s often months later that a particular post is pertinent for either a reread or to share. Thanks for your response and God bless. As I joke with a priest friend – I read all the secular news and then finish up at places like this so I don’t lose hope!

  • Juris Mater

    Hi everyone, you can sign up to be notified by text or email when the new pope is chosen:

    God bless the Cardinals today!

  • Kellie “Red”

    JM, would this be a good excuse for texting on the playground, haha!

  • Kellie “Red”


    I have contacted our editor about this concern. I have also had trouble finding old posts, and I wrote some of them! I agree that it would be a nice feature to have back on the blog. Thanks!