Our dear Archbishops -past and present- each received their Pallium this morning!

Our dear Archbishops -past and present- each received their Pallium this morning!

And the Pope preached a beautiful homily on friendship with Christ!

What a moving ceremony to watch this morning – on TV, for those of us who didn’t travel to Rome. It will air again on CTSA, Channel 15 (maybe even on EWTN) tonight at 11:00 PM and at 2:00 AM (tomorrow, Thursday.)

Pope Benedict XVI preached a moving and deep homily in which he reflected on the Lord’s words, “I no longer call you servants, but friends,” stating that “this saying contains within it the entire program of a priestly life. What is friendship?“, the pope asked: “Wanting the same things, rejecting the same things; this is how it was expressed in antiquity. Friendship is a communion of thinking and willing. The Lord says the same thing to us most insistently”, he continued quoting Jesus Christ again: “I know My own and My own know Me.” He continued: “He knows me by name. I am not just same nameless being in the infinity of the universe; he knows me personally. Do I know Him? The friendship that He bestows upon me can only mean that I too try to know Him better: in the Scriptures, in the Sacraments, in prayer, in the communion of saints, in the people who come to me sent by Him I try to come to know the Lord Himself more and more.”

The Holy Father on the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination further developed this theological meaning of friendship with Christ by adding: “Friendship is not just about knowing someone; it is above all a communion of the will. It means that my will grows into ever greater conformity to His will. But His will is not something external and foreign to me, something that I, more or less, willingly submit or else refuse to submit. No, in friendship, my will grows together with His will, and His will becomes mine. This is how I become truly myself.” Read the entire homily at http://www.zenit.org/article-32967?l=english.

View San Antonio Deacon Pat Rodgers’ slideshow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56977198@N07/sets/72157626953362227/show/) and Kens5 slideshow (http://www.kens5.com/news/slideshows/SLIDESHOW–124737769.html?gallery=y&c=y&ref=%2F&img=3#gallery-image), and follow the San Antonio pilgrimage at Deacon Pat’s and Bishop Cantú’s blogs on the right hand side of our home page: www.archsa.org.

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