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“To become saints means to fulfill completely what we already are, raised to the dignity of God’s adopted children in Christ Jesus… The saints bring to light in creative fashion quite new human potentialities… The saints are themselves the living spaces into which one can turn… There is no isolation in heaven. It is the open society of the saints and, consequently, also the fulfillment of all human togetherness… One might say that the saints are, so to speak, new Christian constellations, in which the richness of God’s goodness is reflected. Their light, coming from God, enables us to know better the interior richness of God’s great light… Nothing can bring us into close contact with the beauty of Christ himself other than the world of beauty created by faith and light that shines out from the faces of the saints, through whom his own light becomes visible.”

Pope Benedict XVI

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Honestly, who wouldn’t want to see some Pope Benedict live tweets from the Vatican? That dream might not be that far off, after all. In a message sent to his followers, the Pope sung the praises of modern technology as a method for spreading the gospel.

“The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‘menu of options’ might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled,” wrote the head of the Catholic Church. “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, Websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”

That said, he reminded his priests that, while an important method of disseminating information, the medium itself is not the message. “[P]riests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ,” wrote the Pope. “This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”

*Note: There was recently launched the Twitter account @vatican_va which seemed like it was emanating from the Vatican, but attempts to confirm this have so far failed. The account tweets Vatican radio updates in several languages.

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Check out our Events page (tab at top) for the latest upcoming talks and other activities of the sisters. Starting next week we’re proud to announce the first evening of  “The Upper Room”, our young adult faith enrichment series. The presentations will be given by Sr. Kathleen Burns, many of you may already know her from the various retreats she facilitates around the greater L.A. area. The Upper Room will take place one Wednesday a month from October thru June. Hope you can make it.

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62749-main_Full[1]“There is the Music of Heaven in all things,” Hildegard of Bingen reminds us. Experience Heaven on earth with an assortment of sacred sounds that soothe. My favorite is Morton Lauriden’s Lux Aeterna performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. For real serenity I also enjoy Chant by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo De Solos and VoxDe Nube by Noirin Ni Riain and the Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey. To experience the healing power of a piano noctourn try Piano Reflections by Kelly Yost.

Our Holy Father recently had some words to say about the gift of music:

MUSIC CAN BECOME PRAYER

VATICAN CITY, 17 OCT 2009 (VIS) –

This evening in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father attended a concert by the International Piano Academy of Imola, Italy, marking twenty years since its foundation. The Chinese pianist Jin Ju, using seven pianofortes from different historical periods, played pieces by Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Czerny, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Liszt.

At the end of the concert the Pope expressed his thanks to the academy and to the pianist, who “enabled us to savour … the emotional impact of the music she played”.

“This concert has, once again, given us the chance to appreciate the beauty of music, a spiritual and therefore universal language, and hence the appropriate vehicle for understanding and union between individuals and peoples. Music forms part of all cultures and, we could say, accompanies all human experiences, from suffering to pleasure, from hatred to love, from sadness to joy, from death to life”.

Benedict XVI then highlighted how “over the centuries and the millennia music has always been used to give form to what cannot be expressed with words, because it arouses emotions otherwise difficult to communicate. It is, then, no coincidence that all civilisations have given importance and value to music in its various forms and expressions.

“Music, great music”, he added in conclusion, “distends the spirit, arouses profound emotions and almost naturally invites us to raise our minds and hearts to God in all situations of human existence, the joyful and the sad. Music can become prayer”.

BXVI-CONCERT/MUSIC/IMOLA ACADEMY VIS 091019 (260)

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Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for October is: “That Sunday may be lived as the day on which Christians gather to celebrate the risen Lord, participating in the Eucharist”.

His mission intention is: “That the entire People of God, to whom Christ entrusted the mandate to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, may eagerly assume their own missionary responsibility and consider it the highest service they can offer humanity”.

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