Tuesday, July 22, 2008

One More WYD Post

*It seems that the pilgrims to World Youth Day changed a lot of minds (and hopefully hearts) during their stay in Sydney.

*If you are the kind of person who likes to read Papal talks and homilies, like me, then check them out at the Vatican website.

1 comment:

Geoff said...

It reminds me of a work called the "Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus" (specifically chapter 5, if not others), which I just so happened to hear excerpted in a recorded talk by Fr. Kevin Augustyn from the FOCUS conference earlier this year. Luckily Australians gradually warmed up to the pilgrims.

"For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe...Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers...They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life...They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred."

The whole text is at: NewAdvent