I read in the latest edition of the National Catholic Register a little article that tickled my funny bone.
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the 76-year-old vicar for the Diocese of Rome, spoke at a Pontifical University recently about young people blogging and the conflicting accounts of who Jesus Christ is:
“A priest from Novara told me that the theme of ‘Jesus’ is very much discussed by youth in blogs.Â The focus, though, comes from destructive books that are widespread today, and not from Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth….I don’t understand the Internet, but especially young religious ought to enter the blogs and correct the opinions of the youth, showing them the true Jesus.”
Well, I am not a religious brother or priest but I am a young Catholic man, and I’ll enter a blog to show the true Jesus!
My men’s Regnum Christi team is reading Jesus of Nazareth during our monthly study circles, and the one chapter I have read so far on the Our Father has been deeply insightful and also relevant to our current time in history.
Pope Benedict writes in chapter 5:
“[C]ontemporary men and women have difficulty experiencing the great consolation of the word father immediately, since the experience of the father is in many cases either completely absent or is obscured by inadequate examples of fatherhood.
We must therefore let Jesus teach us what father really means.Â In Jesus’ discourses, the Father appears as the source of all good, as the measure of the rectitude (perfection) of man….
The love that endures ‘to the end’ (John 13:1), which the Lord fulfilled on the Cross in praying for his enemies, shows us the essence of the Father.Â He is this love.Â Because Jesus brings it to completion, he is entirely ‘Son,’ and he invites us to become ‘sons’ according to this criterion.”
How many people today have grown up without any father at all?Â So many of my friends…how can they relate to the “Father”?Â Pope Benedict tells them how: Jesus shows you the way to the Father, reveals the Father in himself, for Jesus is the perfect Son.
No matter who your father was or wasn’t, our Father in Heaven loves you; He is not a fluffy bunny nor a tyrannical dictator, rather He is the perfection of man: powerful, majestic, just, and yet gentle and kind at the same time.Â Like Aslan in Narnia, he’s not a tame lion at all, but He’s good.
Every line of Pope Benedict’s work should be quoted, but that’s why he wrote the book, so I will leave you with one last quote: “The Our Father does not project a human image onto heaven, but shows us from heaven–from Jesus–what we as human beings can and should be like.”