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!