News from Around:
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced the theme for the 45th World Day of Peace, Jan. 1, 2012. It will be "Educating Young People in Justice and Peace."
in their statement they indicated, “The theme engages an urgent need in the world today: to listen to and enhance the important role of new generations in the realization of the common good, and in the affirmation of a just and peaceful social order where fundamental human rights can be fully expressed and realized.
In fact, there is a duty incumbent upon the present generation to prepare future ones, and creating for them the conditions that will allow these future generations to express freely and responsibly the urgency for a "new world." The Church welcomes young people and sees them as the sign of an ever promising springtime, and holds out Jesus to them as the model of love who "makes all things new"
Those responsible for public policy are called to work for the creation of institutions, laws and environments of life that are permeated by a transcendent humanism that offers new generations opportunities to fully realize themselves (e.g. decent job, education etc.) and to build a civilization of fraternal love directed toward a more profound awareness of truth, freedom, of love and of justice for all persons.
Read the whole Zenit news story
News from ‘Round Here:
Sunday was a very chillaxing sort of day… Lounging around, an afternoon tour of Annapolis (and catching some rays) and then off to Our Lady of the Fields for mass. Turns out it was the LifeTeen Mass (as I suspected) but was also (surprise) the Senior Mass. Youth Minister Scott Link and Pastor Father Gene Nickol brought out the love for the Class of ‘11 and the LifeTeen Band was awesome.
Georgina and I went to consult with a parish Monday and made for a pretty good double team. On Tuesday, after one-on-one supervision meetings, a diocesan director of youth ministry came in and shared lunch with our staff. All the females ganged up on me despite that I paid for the meal. Later in the day, I popped out to a diocesan gathering on RCIA.
Wednesday, I drove my guest down to meeting in DC, visited with some other diocesan directors who were present there, and then off to the office. A long day ended with a meeting with the delegation leaders for World Youth Day.
Thursday started with an e-team meeting in Baltimore, a training in Harrisburg, and ice cream in DC… another long day with miles added!
Friday was spent a lot with pen and paper as IT was again de-fragging my hard drive into its original wiped-clean (as with Original Sin) state. Saturday began a five day road trip to points west. Started at 6 in the morning, did a Confirmation retreat from 9-6 and then crashed pretty hard.