The Southern Cross : May 2013
Page 14 May 2013 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | faith Southern Cross Aid to the Church in Need .... a Catholic charity dependent on the Holy See, providing pastoral relief to needy and oppressed Churches The Year of the Faith rosary designed by the Vatican rosary makers will be sent out to all those who assist this cause and tick this box. Seminarians studying in Nigeria Celebrating his first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis spoke of the need to “go out” into the deep of the contemporary world. Here is an edited version of his homily. A good priest can be recognised by the way his people are anointed. This is a clear test. When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is obvious: for example, when they leave Mass looking as if they have heard good news. Our people like to hear the Gospel preached with “unction”, they like it when the Gospel we preach touches their daily lives...when it brings light to moments of extreme darkness, to the “outskirts” where people of faith are most exposed to the onslaught of those who want to tear down their faith. People thank us because they feel that we have prayed over the realities of their everyday lives, their troubles, their joys, their burdens and their hopes. And when they feel that the fragrance of the Anointed One, of Christ, has come to them through us, they feel encouraged to entrust to us everything they want to bring before the Lord. When we have this relationship with God and with his people, and grace passes through us, then we are priests, mediators between God and men. What I want to emphasise is that we need constantly to stir up God’s grace and perceive in every request, even those requests that are inconvenient and at times purely material or downright banal – but only apparently so – the desire of our people to be anointed with fragrant oil, since they know that we have it. We need to “go out”, then, in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy: to the “outskirts” where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters. It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord: self-help courses can be useful in life, but to live by going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become pelagians and to minimise the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith, go out and give ourselves and the Gospel to others, giving what little ointment we have to those who have nothing, nothing at all. A priest who seldom goes out of himself, who anoints little – I won’t say “not at all” because, thank God, our people take our oil from us anyway – misses out on the best of our people, on what can stir the depths of his priestly heart. Those who do not go out of themselves, instead of being mediators, gradually become intermediaries, managers. We know the difference: the intermediary, the manager, “has already received his reward”, and since he doesn’t put his own skin and his own heart on the line, he never hears a warm, heartfelt word of thanks. This is precisely the reason why some priests grow dissatisfied, become sad priests, lose heart and become in some sense collectors of antiques or novelties – instead of being shepherds living with “the smell of the sheep”, shepherds in the midst of their flock, fishers of men. True enough, the so-called crisis of priestly identity threatens us all and adds to the broader cultural crisis; but if we can resist its onslaught, we will be able to put out in the name of the Lord and cast our nets. It is not a bad thing that reality itself forces us to “put out into the deep”, where what we are by grace is clearly seen as pure grace, out into the deep of the contemporary world, where the only thing that counts is “unction” – not function – and the nets which overflow with fish are those cast solely in the name of the One in whom we have put our trust: Jesus. Dear lay faithful, be close to your priests with affection and with your prayers, that they may always be shepherds according to God’s heart. Dear priests, may God the Father renew in us the Spirit of holiness with whom we have been anointed. May he renew his Spirit in our hearts, that this anointing may spread to everyone, even to those “outskirts” where our faithful people most look for it and most appreciate it. May our people sense that we are the Lord’s disciples; may they feel that their names are written upon our priestly vestments and that we seek no other identity; and may they receive through our words and deeds the oil of gladness which Jesus, the Anointed One, came to bring us. Go out and anoint: Pope Francis Crossword No. 140 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 222324 25 262728 29 30 31 32 ALGAL HOUSE R ANILE RAS CORNEA NEWT HL GOANNA BI OBI B INCREMENTAL S AGO AI HORROR MS OBOE PREACH PIT WHORL E STATE BREADACROSS 1 Pertaining to water plants 5 Dwelling 9 Like an old woman 11 Cape, headland (Arab world) 12 Part of the eye 13 Salamander 14 Australian reptile 16 Ornamental Japanese sash 17 Pertaining to that which is gained or added 21 Time past 22 Great fear; atrocity 25 Woodwind instrument 26 Lecture; sermonise 29 Mine; deep excavation 30 Spin around; circular or spiral arrangement of parts 31 Reality of being; political division 32 Food DOWN 1. Prelates 2. Pungent bulb 3. Female name 4. Untruth 5. Pronoun 6. Former ALP politician and minister 7. Cut, as timber 8. Settled, founded 10 Rabbit, hare or similar animal 13 Village near which Jesus restored a young man to life, possibly near Nazareth 15 Imperial honour (ini) 18 Uncommon; undercooked 19 Component of personality 20 Mexican dish 23 Date or notice of death 24 Round of duty, roster 27 Steal 28 Stray; make a mistake 30 Pronoun Solution on page 22 Holy oils to be used in the sacraments throughout the year.