I'm willing to bet that many of our respected leaders (or the bloggerati for that matter) - whatever side of the community spectrum they gravitate toward - lack heartfelt knowledge regarding human population, the environment, and our treasured forest resources. And since Earth Day has come and gone, I'm simply taking this friendly moment to remind them of an age old Environmental Quiz developed by the University of Minnesota. Check it out here. Although it "ain't easy being green", it's never difficult to learn and grow. Find the answers here.
I truly hope and pray that you will take a moment to reflect
on God's message for the second Sunday of Easter. Many parishes will be offering celebrations,
along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To find a location in Minnesota
near you, click here (scroll down to find the list) or here.
Abbey-Roads offers an alternative if your unable to attend in person.
Thumbing through various publications and books I have concerning Divine Mercy, I came across Pope Benedict XVI's address to the sick and suffering May 27, 2006 at the
International Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, Poland. I find it to be particularly comforting and insightful:
“On this occasion we encounter two mysteries: the mystery of
human suffering and the mystery of Divine Mercy. At first sight these two
mysteries seemed to be opposed to one another. But when we study them more
deeply in the light of faith, we find that they are placed in reciprocal
harmony through the mystery of the Cross of Christ. As Pope John Paul II said
in this place: ‘The Cross is the most profound bowing down of the Divinity
towards man… the Cross is like a touch of eternal love on the most painful
wounds of humanity’s earthly existence (August 17th, 2002). Dear
friends who are sick, who are marked by suffering in body or soul, you are most
closely united to the Cross of Christ, and at the same time, you are the most
eloquent witness of God’s mercy. Through you and through your suffering, he
bows down toward humanity with love. You who say in silence: ‘Jesus I trust in you’, teach us that there is no faith more profound,
no hope more alive and no love more ardent than the faith, hope, and love of a
person who in the midst of suffering places himself securely in God’s hands.” - Pope Benedict's Divine Mercy Mandate
May the Divine Mercy message continue to resonate throughout the world!