ADDRESS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
Saturday, 5 February 2005
1. I join you with great joy on the day of the Feast of Our Lady of Trust, Patroness of the Roman Major Seminary. I greet the Cardinal Vicar, the Auxiliary Bishops, the Rector, your other Superiors and, with special affection, you yourselves and your relatives, dear Seminarians. I greet the diocesan Choir and Orchestra conducted by Mons. Marco Frisina, as well as my young friends at the Roman Seminary. You are a cause of comfort to me because you are a privileged sign of the Lord's love for his beloved Church which is in Rome.
2. "To contemplate the face of Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the "programme' which I set before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium, inviting her to put out into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new evangelization" (Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, n. 6). You have chosen to make these words of mine a topic of reflection for your feast day.
Mane nobiscum Domine! Mons. Marco Frisina's oratorio has filled
the Paul VI Auditorium with this invocation, intense and ever timely for
Christians, especially in times of suffering and trial. Celebrating Mary in the
Year of the Eucharist for you means focusing attention on the sacrifice of
her divine Son, who becomes sacramentally present at every Holy Mass.
"Mater mea, fiducia mea"! May this short prayer sum up in depth and
simplicity your days, spent contemplating Christ with Mary.
Dear young people, the Lord passes by and calls (cf. Mt 4: 18-22); be ready to cooperate with him.
I entrust you to Our Lady of Trust. And pray to the Lord of the harvest that workers for his harvest will not be lacking (cf. Mt 9: 38).
I bless you all with deep affection.
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