"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
The Pope in Santiago De Compostela, Spain: No pilgrim's shell for you!
There he is, Pope Benedict at Compostella, looking all cute - but he should not get a pilgrim's shell and certificate for making the pilgrimage. Why? Because he didn't walk there. That is why I couldn't get one. I walked part way but I started out on a train, and I also hitch-hiked part way. LOL! I didn't care and I'm just teasing about the Holy Father.
I'm thrilled the Holy Father is there - as is Angelo - my friend in Spain. Compostella enshrines the relics of Santiago - St. James - and the shrine is highly significant in Spanish and European culture. St. James is credited with driving out the Moors... so it will be interesting if the Holy Father discusses Islam at all.
Perhaps more thrilling for me, he will travel to Barcelona to consecrate the Cathedral of the Holy Family - Sagrada Familia - Antoni Gaudi's wondrous masterpiece, still under construction.