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Built Upon a Rock Festival SATURDAY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

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Built Upon A Rock Festival

4:00 Mass (Cathedral)
5:00 Concert gates open
5:15-6:00 Dana Catherine
6:30-8:00 Fr. Kevin McGolrick
Benediction to follow (Cathedral)


Built Upon a Rock Fest is a free outdoor concert held on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, MN. After the 4:00pm Mass in the Cathedral, head across the street to enjoy the stunning on-stage musical performances from nationally known Catholic artists Fr. Kevin McGolrick and Dana Catherine.

Free live entertainment (and free food!) with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Superior: an exhilarating and breathtaking experience, regardless of your faith background. The concert is not a praise and worship event. It is a simple, casual concert in an authentically Catholic atmosphere.

Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the Cathedral, coinciding with the concert, and there will be opportunities for Confession as well.

Fr. Kevin McGoldrick, Headlining Act & Dana Catherine, Special Guest



An Important Message from the Pastor

Father Drew Braun

Fr. Drew’s News

I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to write a little bit about personal pilgrimages and retreats in my column this week.

I have been blessed to partake in both a personal pilgrimage and retreat over the past month. I say blessed, because I know for some people this may seem like an impossibility given their current circumstances in life: perhaps the demands of kids, family, work, or whatever it may be makes it a real challenge to even find any personal time.

But despite the business of our lives I want to encourage all of you to consider taking a pilgrimage or a retreat, for it is precisely because of the business that we need to do so.

I just think it is so important. So, so important. I truly don’t know if there has been anything in my life that has been more influential than some of the personal pilgrimages I have made.

Nothing has changed the trajectory of my life more than pilgrimages. And I’m not even speaking hyperbolically here. I really think I can authentically and truthfully say that the pilgrimage I took to Medjugorje when I was 13 and my recent trip to the Holy Land has impacted my life unlike anything else. It has changed me.

It has born so much fruit in my life. And so I simply encourage you. Maybe you’re rolling your eyes at me and thinking, “Oh, wouldn’t that be nice, Father, but no way I can pull that off”. Maybe. But I know my parents carted three of us young kids across an ocean on a pilgrimage that to me now seems like absolute insanity. It was expensive. It was far away. We were so young. But I can tell you right now, were it not for that pilgrimage and the “insanity” of my parents, I don’t think I would be a priest today. To be honest I’m not sure I’d be Catholic. It changed everything. It transformed our family and our faith.

So consider taking some time. Try to make it happen. Go on a pilgrimage or make a quiet retreat somewhere. I just know for me it has born so much fruit. I hope you can experience that as well.

Medjugorje
The Holy Land

Stella Maris Delivers Valentines to Our Police

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken

Today Ashley and Abigail Morris delivered Valentine cards to DPD on behalf of Stella Maris Academy MN.

Ashely and Abigail’s father is Duluth police sergeant Ryan Morris.

(NOTE: Our Principal’s husband, Mark Frederickson is also a police officer.)

Extra special is the children prayed over the Valentines to keep our officers safe and well!

On behalf of DPD, our hearts are filled with your love and support!

Happy Valentine’s Day Stella Maris Academy MN

A Part-Time Musical Director for St. John’s Parish

St. John’s Parish is seeking a part-time music director. The applicant must be available for weekend Masses and some office hours during the week. The position is approximately 10-15 hours per week.

The applicant must have significant choral experience, expertise with Catholic traditional and contemporary music and leadership and organizational skills. Musical directing experience is preferred.

Hourly wage will be determined according to prior experience.

Call the parish office for a full job description: 724-6332.

Pope Leo XIII & The Prayer to St. Michael the Arch-Angel

Mention is often made of Leo XIII and a famous vision that he saw – that of an attack being made or planned by the devil against the Church. The facts about this vision, however, have been unclear for many decades, for there are different versions of what occurred, and of what was or was not said in that vision. What is fact and what is fiction about this event in modern papal history? To provide clarity about Pope Leo’s vision, Kevin J. Symonds began a historical investigation to arrive at the facts, and to distinguish between rumor or hearsay and the authentic history of the event, as well as to explain its meaning for our time in the light of the teaching of the Church, and in particular of the contemporary Popes. Related to this vision is the well known Prayer to St. Michael and a special prayer of Exorcism. What became known as the Leonine Prayers began to be recited after Masses throughout the world, taking their name from Leo XIII, but their origin came from his predecessor, Blessed Pius IX. Moving into the twentieth century, the author then examines the relationship between Pope Leo’s vision and Fatima, and the decision of Pius XI, after the Vatican’s reconciliation with the Italian government, to continue the Leonine Prayers while adding the conversion of Russia as their intention.

Still, the author’s research does not end there, because the events of the second half of the twentieth century have raised even more questions regarding the assaults of the devil, the importance of the message of Fatima, and the tragedy of what Pope Paul VI called the “smoke of Satan” entering the Church. The account goes all the way to the most recent Popes, who were instrumental in the dedication of a new statue of St. Michael inside the Vatican.Short Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

The well-known short version of this prayer follows in English and Latin. The Pope ordered this prayer to be recited daily after Low Mass in all the churches throughout the Catholic world. However this practice was almost completely swept away in the 1960s by liturgical changes made in the wake of Vatican Council II.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen

A Theology of the Body Day at UMD: Saturday, Feb. 2

What is love? It’s what you’re made for…so come learn more about it!

Adult and couples retreat: Sat, Feb 2
8am: Mass (hopefully) or prayer
8:30am: Theology of the Body Conference at UMD
4:30pm: Dinner at Tavern on the Hill

I hope you can join us!

TIME

(Saturday) 8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST

LOCATION

UMD Bohannon Hall (BohH) Room 90

EVENT DETAILS

The ‘Theology of the Body’ is Pope John Paul II’s integrated vision of the human person – body, soul, and spirit. As he explains, the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives:

Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?
Why were we created male and female?
Does it really matter if we are one sex or another?
Why were man and woman called to communion from the beginning?
What does the marital union of a man and woman say to us about God and his plan for our lives?
What is the purpose of the married and celibate vocations?
What exactly is “Love”?
Is it truly possible to be pure of heart?

All of these questions and many more are answered in Pope John Paul II’s 129 Wednesday audiences, which were given between the years 1979 and 1984. His reflections are based on Scripture (especially the Gospels, St. Paul and the Book of Genesis), and contain a vision of the human person truly worthy of man. John Paul II discusses who man was in the beginning, who he is now (after original sin), and who he will be in the age to come. He then applies this message to the vocations of marriage and celibacy, in preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Want to learn more? Join us on the UMD campus for a one-day conference featuring presenters Father Mike Schmitz and Nic Davidson! Registration for the day begins at 8:30am, the actual conference will begin at 9am. There will be coffee and rolls provided in the morning, and while lunch will NOT be provided, time will be given for it. There will also be time for Q & A to close out the day, so bring your questions and invite your friends!

*Please keep in mind that mature topics will be addressed during this time.*

We look forward to seeing you there!

9 Days for Life: Day 9

Hello! Today is Day 9  of the  9 Days for Life novena, which you are automatically subscribed to receive because of your participation in other communications and prayer initiatives from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Did You Know?
In the Catholic Church in the United States, January 22nd is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” As Catholics, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and/or giving alms.
More Information: 
www.usccb.org/january-22
Intercession
May the tragic practice of abortion come to an end.Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection
Today, on this 46
th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we mourn the many children’s lives ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftermath. The Church comes together today to pray for the protection of all unborn children and to make reparation for abortion, trusting that the Lord hears our prayers.
Pope Saint John Paul II wrote, “A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” (
Evangelium vitae, 100). May that prayer arise in our hearts today and each day forward until every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)Abstain from snacking today. Eat three meals only.
Learn how to pray the Angelus (
www.usccb.org/angelus), and consider saying it every day for the next week—on awakening, at noon, or at 6 p.m. (or all three times).
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention
.
One Step Further
More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby? Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*:
Listen and LearnOpen OptionsVision and Value, and Extend and Empower(www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e).
For other simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant, read “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” (
www.usccb.org/support-her).

*The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is trademarked by Heartbeat International, Inc. and may not be adapted or modified. The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is used in “What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion” with permission from Heartbeat International, Inc. 
9 Days for Life: Day 8



Hello! Today is Day 8  of the  9 Days for Life novena, which you are automatically subscribed to receive because of your participation in other communications and prayer initiatives from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Intercession
May those nearing life’s end receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection
The dying process is a sacred time—a final season to seek closure in this life and prepare for the next. We know earthly death is not the end, but rather the door through which we must pass to gain eternal life. The deadly practice of assisted suicide—now legal in several states—shortens or even eliminates this sacred season, carelessly cutting short the life of the patient. To support the “false compassion” of assisted suicide is to see people as a problem to be eliminated. End-of-life care should instead help eliminate or alleviate the patient’s problems, whether they are physical, spiritual, or emotional.
Those who die in God’s grace and friendship live forever with Christ. Because of our belief and hope in the Resurrection, we can face death not with fear, but with trust. We pray that society might recognize that every day of our lives is a gift and is always worth living, 
especially our final days. We need not fear. Christ is with us.
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)Sacrifice some of your free time to do a small act of service, such as making breakfast for a family member, writing a note of encouragement for a coworker, or praying for the intentions of a friend.
Pray a decade of the rosary (
www.usccb.org/rosary) for your friends and family who have passed away, as well as the departed who have no one to pray for them.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intentio
n.
One Step Further
Assisted suicide is in the news and on lawmakers’ agendas. Supporters call it “aid in dying” and claim it is just another option for ending intolerable pain as part of end-of-life care. Learn why assisted suicide is radically different from end-of-life care and the practice of palliative care in “Killing the Pain, Not the Patient: Palliative Care vs. Assisted Suicide” (www.usccb.org/killing-the-pain).
When family members or friends approach life’s end, we may not know how best to accompany them. For suggestions on authentically compassionate care anchored in unconditional respect for human life, read “Caring for Loved Ones at Life’s End” (www.usccb.org/endoflifecare). 


Hello! Today is Day 7  of the  9 Days for Life novena, which you are automatically subscribed to receive because of your participation in other communications and prayer initiatives from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Intercession
May those who long to welcome a child into their family be filled with trust in God’s loving plan.Prayers
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection
It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers in the way we hope. A couple that finds themselves unable to bring a child into the world through their loving union can experience this disappointment very deeply. During such times of trial, we may wonder why we face the particular challenges that we do. Yet even though suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (
Rom 8:28). 
Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and share Christ’s love with those who need encouragement the most today.
Offer the Prayer for Those Hoping to Conceive or Adopt a Child (
www.bit.ly/prayer-day-4), and spend some time reflecting on the accompanying excerpt from Psalm 145.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intentio
n.
One Step Further
“Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility” (
www.usccb.org/navigating-infertility) seeks to provide compassionate guidance that is both practical and informative for married couples who are walking on this road. Although geared to such couples, the article is also helpful for anyone to read, offering insight into the experience of infertility and giving awareness of the need for sensitivity in our relationships with those who may be affected.

Morning Prayer, Psalm 92 & the Voice of Pope St. John Paul II

It never gets old hearing Saint John Paul II utter the beginning of this beautiful psalm in English in today’s Morning Prayer. 

We are featuring the video that was made of it, and thereby bringing you the opportunity to hear him again.

Saint John Paul II, pray for us this day and all days..

I

It is good to give thanks to the LORD,

to sing praise to your name, Most High,a

To proclaim your love at daybreak,

your faithfulness in the night,

With the ten-stringed harp,

with melody upon the lyre.b

For you make me jubilant, LORD, by your deeds;

at the works of your hands I shout for joy.

II

How great are your works, LORD!c

How profound your designs!

A senseless person cannot know this;

a fool cannot comprehend.

Though the wicked flourish like grassd

and all sinners thrive,

They are destined for eternal destruction;

but you, LORD, are forever on high.

10Indeed your enemies, LORD,

indeed your enemies shall perish;

all sinners shall be scattered.e

III

You have given me the strength of a wild ox;f

you have poured rich oil upon me.g

My eyes look with glee on my wicked enemies;

my ears shall hear what happens to my wicked foes.h

The just shall flourish like the palm tree,

shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon.i

Planted in the house of the LORD,

they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

They shall bear fruit even in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

To proclaim: “The LORD is just;

my rock, in whom there is no wrong.”j

January 1: The World Day of Peace, Created by Pope Paul VI in 1968

Pope St. Paul VI

In 1968, Pope Paul VI called on all people of the world to  celebrate the Day of Peace on January 1. Since 1968, that day has been celebrated by Catholics and non-Catholics alike and is marked by a special annual peace message from the Holy Father.

According to Church teaching, peace is built on a commitment to love and justice and flourishes when all realize their responsibility for promoting it. True peace can only be attained when the dignity of each human being is respected.

The Church is called to be a sacrament and instrument of peace in the world and must work, along with its members, to promote peace and its foundations: love, justice, development, and reconciliation.

Words from the past:

“Men must always speak of Peace. The world must
be educated to love Peace, to build it up and defend
it.”

– Pope Paul VI, 1968
“If you want Peace, work for Justice.”

– Pope Paul VI, 1972
“Life is the crown of Peace. If we base the logic of
our activity on the sacredness of Life, war is
virtually disqualified as a normal and habitual means
of asserting rights and so of ensuring Peace.”

– Pope Paul VI, 1977
“Paul VI’s phrase – ‘Development is the new name
for peace’ – specifies one of the keys in our search
for peace. Can true peace exist when men, women
and children cannot live in full human dignity?”

– Pope John Paul II, 1987
“To say ‘peace’ is really to speak of much more than
the simple absence of war. It is to postulate a
condition of authentic respect for the dignity and
rights of every human being, a condition enabling
him to achieve complete fulfillment. The
exploitation of the weak and the existence of
distressing pockets of poverty and social inequality
constitute so many delays and obstacles to the
establishment of stable conditions for an authentic
peace.”

– Pope John Paul II, 1993

“Experience shows that disregard for the
environment always harms human coexistence, and
vice versa. It becomes more and more evident that
there is an inseparable link between peace with
creation and peace among men.” Pope Benedict XVI, 2007

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE PAUL VI
FOR THE OBSERVANCE OF A
DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 1968

We address Ourself to all men of good will to exhort them to celebrate “The Day of Peace”, throughout the world, on the first day of the year, January 1, 1968. It is Our desire that then, every year, this commemoration be repeated as a hope and as a promise, at the beginning of the calendar which measures and outlines the path of human life in time, that Peace with its just and beneficent equilibrium may dominate the development of events to come.

We think that this proposal interprets the aspirations of peoples, of their governments, of international organisms which strive to preserve Peace in the world, of those religious institutions so interested in the promotion of Peace, of cultural, political and social movements which make Peace their ideal; of youth, whose perspicacity regarding the new paths of civilization, dutifully oriented toward its peaceful developments is more lively; of wise men who see how much, today, Peace is both necessary and threatened. The proposal to dedicate to Peace the first day of the new year is not intended, therefore, as exclusively ours, religious, that is, Catholic. It would hope to have the adherence of all the true friends of Peace, as if it were their own initiative, to be expressed in a free manner, congenial to the particular character of those who are aware of how beautiful and how important is the harmony of all voices in the world for the exaltation of this primary good, which is Peace, in the varied concert of modern humanity.

The Catholic Church, with the intention of service and of example, simply wishes to “launch the idea”, in the hope that it may not only receive the widest consent of the civilized world, but that such an idea may find everywhere numerous promoters, able and capable of impressing on the “Day of Peace”, to be celebrated on the first day of every new year, that sincere and strong character of conscious humanity, redeemed from its sad and fatal bellicose conflicts, which will give to the history of the world a more happy, ordered and civilized development.

The Catholic Church will call the attention of its children to the duty of observing “The Day of Peace” with the religious and moral expressions of the Christian faith; but it considers it its duty to remind all those who agree on the opportuneness of such a “Day”, some points which ought to characterize it. First among these is: the necessity of defending Peace in the face of dangers which always threaten it: the danger of the survival of selfishness in the relations among nations; the danger of violence into which some populations can allow themselves to be drawn by desperation at not having their right to life and human dignity recognized and respected; the danger, today tremendously increased, of recourse to frightful weapons of extermination, which some nations possess, spending enormous financial means, the expenditure of which is reason for painful reflexion in the presence of the grave needs which hinder the development of so many other peoples; the danger of believing that international controversies can not be resolved by the ways of reason, that is, by negotiations founded on law, justice, and equity, but only by means of deterrent and murderous forces.

The subjective foundation of Peace is a new spirit which must animate coexistence between peoples, a new outlook on man, his duties and his destiny. Much progress must still be made to render this outlook universal and effective; a new training must educate the new generations to reciprocal respect between nations, to brotherhood between peoples, to collaboration between races, with a view also to their progress and development. The international organizations which have been set up for this purpose must be supported by all, become better known, and be provided with the authority and means fit for their great mission. The “Peace Day” must honour these institutions and surround their work with prestige, with confidence, and with that sense of expectation that will keep alive in them the realization of their most serious responsibility, and keep strong the consciousness of the charge which has been entrusted to them.

A warning must be kept in mind. Peace cannot be based on a false rhetoric of words which are welcomed because they answer to the deep, genuine aspirations of humanity, but which can also serve, and unfortunately have sometimes served, to hide the lack of true spirit and of real intentions for peace, if not indeed to mask sentiments and actions of oppression and party interests. Nor can one rightly speak of peace where no recognition or respect is given to its solid foundations: namely, sincerity, justice and love in the relations between states, and, within the limits of each nation, in the relations of citizens with each other and with their rulers; freedom of individuals and of peoples, in all its expressions, civic, cultural, moral, and religious; otherwise, it is not peace which will exist – even if, perchance, oppression is able to create the external appearance of order and legality – but an unceasing and insuppressible growth of revolt and war.

It is, therefore, to true Peace, to just and balanced Peace, in the sincere recognition of the rights of the human person and of the independence of the individual nations, that We invite men of wisdom and strength to dedicate this Day.

Accordingly, in conclusion, it is to be hoped that the exaltation of the ideal of Peace may not favour the cowardice of those who fear it may be their duty to give their life for the service of their own country and of their own brothers, when these are engaged in the defence of justice and liberty, and who seek only a flight from their responsibility, from the risks that are necessarily involved in the accomplishment of great duties and generous exploits. Peace is not pacifism; it does not mask a base and slothful concept of life, but it proclaims the highest and most universal values of life: truth, justice, freedom, love.

It is for the protection of these values that We place them beneath the banner of Peace, and that We invite men and nations to raise, at the dawn of the new year, this banner which must guide the ship of civilization through the inescapable storms of history to the harbour of its highest destiny.

To you, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate,
to you, beloved sons, faithful children of our
Holy Catholic Church,

We extend the invitation which We have already announced: that of dedicating to thoughts and resolutions of Peace a special observance on the first day of the civil year, January the first of the coming year. Such an observance must not change the liturgical calendar, which reserves New Year’s Day for veneration of the divine motherhood of Mary and the most holy Name of Jesus; indeed, those holy and loving religious remembrances must shed their light of goodness, wisdom and hope upon the prayer for, the meditation upon, and the fostering of the great and yearned-for gift of Peace, of which the world has so much need.

You will have noted, Venerable Brothers and beloved sons, how often Our words have renewed considerations and exhortations upon the theme of Peace; this We do, not giving way to a facile habit, nor taking advantage of the mere interesting topic of the moment; but because We believe this is demanded by Our duty as universal Pastor; because We see Peace to be threatened so seriously and with intimations of terrible events, which may prove catastrophic for entire nations, and perhaps even for a great part of mankind; because, during the latest years of our century’s history it has finally become clearly evident that Peace is the only true direction of human progress – and not the tensions caused by ambitious nationalisms, nor conquests by violence, nor repressions which serve as mainstay for a false civil order – We do so because Peace is part and parcel of the Christian religion, since for a Christian to proclaim peace is the same as to announce Jesus Christ: “He is our peace” (Eph. ii. 14) and His good news is “the Gospel of peace” (Eph. vi. 15).

Through His Sacrifice on the Cross, He brought about universal reconciliation, and we, as His followers, are called to be “peacemakers” (Mt. v. 9). In fine, it is only from the Gospel that there can spring forth true Peace, not in order to make men dull and soft, but to replace the impulses to violence and bullying in their minds, by the manly virtues of reasoning and heart characteristic of true humanism. We do so, finally, because We would not wish ever to be rebuked by God and by history for having kept silence in the face of the danger of a new conflagration between peoples, which, as all know, could take on sudden forms of apocalyptic awfulness.

Men must always speak of Peace. The world must be educated to love Peace, to build it up and defend it. Against the resurgent preludes to war (nationalistic competition, armaments, revolutionary provocations, racial hatred, the spirit of revenge, etc.), and also against the snares of tactical pacifism, intended to drug the enemy one must overcome, to smother in men’s minds the meaning of justice, of duty and of sacrifice – we must arouse in the men of our time and of future generations the sense and love of Peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love (cf. Pope John XXIII: “Pacem in terris“).

Let, then, the grand idea of Peace, particularly for us, the disciples of Christ, have its solemn Day, the beginning of the new year 1968.

We who believe in the Gospel can pour into this observance a wonderful treasury of original and powerful ideas, such as that of the intangible world-wide brotherhood of all men, derived from the one, sovereign, most lovable Fatherhood of God, and arising from the communion which, whether really or hopefully, unites all of us with Christ, as well as from the prophetic vocation which, in the Holy Spirit, calls the human race to unity, not only in conscience, but in works and in final destiny. From the Gospel’s precept to pardon and to have mercy, we can draw forces which will regenerate society. And above all. Venerable Brothers and beloved sons, we can possess a singular weapon for Peace, that is, prayer, with all its marvellous energies to raise moral tone and to invoke transcendent divine forces of spiritual and political renewal, and also the opportunity offered to each and every one to question himself interiorly and sincerely concerning the roots of rancour and violence which may lurk deep in his heart.

Let us strive, then, to inaugurate the year of grace nineteen hundred and sixty-eight (the year of the faith which is transformed into hope) by praying for Peace; praying all together, in our churches and in our homes-that is what We ask of you for now. Let no voice be missing from the great chorus of the Church and of the world, beseeching Christ Who was immolated for us to “Grant us peace!”.

May Our Apostolic Blessing descend upon you and remain always.

From the Vatican, 8 December 1967.