Weekly pastoral letter from the Archbishop of Valencia the V Centenario

Weekly pastoral letter from the Archbishop of Valencia the V Centenario

Written in: Oct 21, 2014

We started the celebration of the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus, the great Spanish saint- Avila, patron of Spain. Spanish,-and particularly Avila rightly so, rejoice in our most holy universal and feel and we felt the nearness of God's grace upon us, in the walled city, has made abode in the person of Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada. We feel privileged and we are graced by the great goodness of God, because we have the great joy of having someone among us as our God and so, so close to us and so adentrada in the thick of God, we can help you master the way of God and to Him, in the way of your love, where true happiness is found, the inexhaustible source of life, the origin and foundation of all good, the root and basis for our hope.
Everything in the highest town in Spain, Avila, -a symbol- preserves the memory of his beloved daughter. “The Holy”, his birthplace and ancestral home; the parish of St. John where she was baptized; Cathedral, with the Virgin of Charity, who accepted his early consecration; the Convento de Gracia where educated with Maria Briceño; the Incarnation which hosted his religious vocation and which reached the apex of his mystical experience; Our Lady of the basement parish of St. Vincent, where he prayed way of his first foundation; San José, first "palomarcico" Teresa, which he left Teresa, as "wandering from God" to found throughout Spain. The peoples of Ávila, but also Spain whole, recognize it as "our", invoke as patron, we admire and look for guidance and incomparable model.
We need to return to St. Teresa of Jesus, “creek that leads to the source” of living water, which satisfies the thirsty heart of man, thirsty for the living God. She is “glare light leading to. And its light is Christ”: Light that enlightens every man was coming into the world; hope of the people; Master of Wisdom, living book that Teresa learned the truths, the only one in which we learn the truth of God and the truth of man, that makes us free with the freedom of the children of God; cornerstone on which the story is built.
This jubilee year of the fifth centenary of the Holy aprovechémoslo to return to Santa Teresa, his spirituality and his writings. There we learn and savor the eternal wisdom of God and manifested in time, in meat, in the humanity of the Son of God, only way the Church, only way of God to man and man to God, only way of man every man. We need to return to St. Teresa today more than ever in this world of eclipse of the divine, loss of the sense of transcendence and bankruptcy of the human. Need, mainly, young people hungry for transcendence in their lives and witness of that transcendence, anything as needy as God, because they thirst for life, Love, of hope, of happiness and fulfillment, of true humanity: and God is the fullness. He alone is the source of Life and Life. He alone is the love that constantly revives a firm hope beyond anything that produces boredom, heartbreak and lie. We need teaching and witness of the Holy because lacking the sense of God, will now lost the true meaning of man and the man turns against man, and that trying to eliminate God we are eliminating the man and causing destruction.
We need to follow the steps of Holy Andariega de Ávila, Teresa of Jesus, to discover the “Jesus Teresa”, of how needy we are all men, He is our Redeemer, alone has the words of eternal life, the only name in which men can find mercy and forgiveness, reconciliation and peace, medicine for our wounds and word comprehension for our sinful fragility. Our Holy universal, Doctor and Master of the whole Church, had no other living Christ, because he could seize the wealth of the Church, the only one, which is none other than Jesus Christ, and she gave her life. We need to follow the steps in this holy woman and not be fooled by anyone who tries to show a different path than she followed, a different way that the knowledge and experience of Jesus Christ, that is acquired only in the Church : in treatment seeking Him in prayer; in the Eucharist where He gives us an unlimited confidence and makes us participate in his own life; in Penance where He gives us as forgiveness and healing grace; and in listening to his word, contained in the transmitted and read Scripture in the Church. This Teresian year is a providential occasion to recover and further strengthen this in our diocese of Valencia.
Seeing Santa Teresa, Teresa of Jesus, I come to mind as such by it, those impressive words of Pope John Paul II, elected Pope precisely immediate update dates of the Holy : “Do not be afraid, throw open wide the doors to Christ. Open to his saving power the borders of the United, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, of civilization, development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows what is in man. Only He knows. A man often feels invaded by doubt, which turns into despair. Let therefore, I beg, I implore you with humility and trust: Allow Christ to speak to man”.
This told us the successor of Peter, so attached that, as a faithful daughter of the Church, was St. Teresa, who both wanted, why both begged and helped both alive. And this would tell us, tells us also today the Holy. She begs us to open ourselves to Christ, the acojamos, which is the best thing to say and ask St. Teresa, the best it can happen.
As humble protected him from birth the day of your party until today, in my first steps as Archbishop of this portion of the pilgrim people of God in Valencia, humbly and confidently, I stand before her and I bow to his feet to ask and beg, to plead with all my heart: help us, to protect us, intercede for us. I place in your hands this diocesan Church of Valencia, and I say and ask:"Teresa of Jesus, Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Spain, faithful daughter of the Church, you loved and love with passion daughter to the Holy Mother Church, help us to love like you to church, to feel with the Church, experience the joy of being Church, strengthen our communion and unity. A ti, Mother Teresa, I commend this pilgrim Church in Valencia, Help us to resume and journey together with you as pilgrims to form the holy family of the children of God, where we live God's love, we love that love and be sacrament of God's love in life and service delivered entirely in favor of men, especially the last, bringing them the gospel of Jesus Christ to believe and become, love Him and follow Him. In faithfulness to God's call, in this hour of God, which is the time that is given us to live, we want to be faithful to God, search, find and fulfill his will: and His will is that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, that palpen his merciful love. We want to be Church, which ,like you, proclaim Jesus Christ, for men to believe and live in Christ, with Him and from Him, and thus attain eternal life and feel loved by God that turns into outpouring of love for men, on of his favorite are the last, the poor, patients, those who mourn… We know this is not possible if not carried out a renewal of our Church, people that form, institutions. And this renewal is the inner life, is the holy life. We drive, so, along the paths of holiness, your ways. Only a Church of Saint may evangelize our world ".
"Saint Teresa of Jesus, model youth, you attract both young, that much life force have and how big show us humanity, I commend the young people of our diocese. I pray for them, guide them, getting caught, to help them to discover yourself. Young, as no, need Christ, the Path, Truth and Life. Teach us to show them Christ. Pope John Paul II said when he came to your town, Avila, addressing youth almost your words : “I want to offer as a message to youth: At this time it is necessary strong friends of God”. We need young "strong friends of God". Not in the methods, is not in organizations, you know; everything is in friendship with God, all lies in friendship with the Friend who is Jesus, the only one that does not disappoint. Teach us to go to young people ".
"Teresa of Jesus, Teresa of Avila, Teresa Church is the great family of God, now being held in Rome the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, convened and chaired by the Pope Francis, on marriage and family, I entrust to families, marriages, young people who are preparing for marriage and to form new families, discover, live and show the truth, the greatness and the beauty of marriage and so can renew our world, human and social fabric of our society. That following your teachings and your protection families are the sanctuaries of life, headquarters of the culture of life, home of the new civilization of love, domestic church, meeting place with God, irradiation center of faith, school of Christian life. The future of humanity passes by family. That we work and with your help we get to save and promote the values ​​and needs of the family ".
"You, Saint Teresa de Jesús, dear Mother Teresa, You are universal Doctor of the Church, master of wisdom, because you preferred the wisdom of God to all the scepters of the earth. We need the wisdom: The wisdom of God that leads us to savor his truth and the truth about man, inseparable from love and mercy. You're master samples truth, the truth that sets us free, the truth that is in love. We need a new culture, the only way to humanize our world so dehumanized, which is the culture of love and truth. We need to generate a new culture. Spain needs, also needs Valencia. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, like you we Samples, has an immense capacity building humanization and culture. Give us your light and wisdom to acertemos right now to guide areas, spaces, individuals and institutions, Christian communities, living parishes that constitute this new culture and a new civilization of love and truth, because they believe in man and opt decidedly for its truth; who believe that the way society and the Church is none other than the man as he is loved by God in Jesus Christ, where the joy of truth is given. In your hands I commend this diocese, certainly loved by you, into your hands I commend Spain, as yours, to you I entrust, I implore you for the wisdom that has guided you, true wisdom that comes from God and assists on his throne, is the only guide us as we.
May God bless you all and that St. Teresa protect us in this Jubilee Year, which, in our diocese, as throughout Spain, as in the whole Church, will be a year, surely and certainly, a rain of abundant grace of Heaven.
canizaresAnthony, Card. Cañizares
Archbishop of Valencia

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