Here are the last morsels to fall from the rich man’s table in France. Juicy bits. Yummy.
Pope’s Reflection at Lourdes on Eucharist“We Cannot Be Silent About What We Know” [2008-09-15]
Papal Homily at Mass With Sick“Mary Dwells in the Joy and the Glory of the Resurrection” [2008-09-15]
Benedict XVI’s Farewell to France“Pope Was Duty-Bound to Come to Lourdes” [2008-09-15]
French Prime Minister’s Farewell to Pontiff“Your Visit Was a Moment of Peace and Fraternity” [2008-09-15]
I am slowly working my way through it all, but the best of the list so far is still his address to the French Bishops. It really packs a punch. Cop what Papa Benny quotes from no less a personage than St Ignatius himself (the original 2nd Century Bishop Ignatius of Antioch, that is). It seems that he was already preaching his own version of “Sentire Cum Ecclesia” in the immediately post-apostolic Church:
The Christian people must regard you [bishops] with affection and respect. From its origins, Christian tradition has insisted on this point: “All those who belong to God and Jesus Christ, stand by their Bishop”, said Saint Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to the Philadelphians, 3:2), and he added: “When someone is sent by the master of a house to manage his household for him, it is our duty to give him the same kind of reception as we should give to the sender” (Letter to the Ephesians, 6:1). Your mission as spiritual leaders consists, then, in creating the necessary conditions for the faithful to — citing Saint Ignatius again — “sing aloud to the Father with one voice through Jesus Christ” (ibid., 4:2), and in this way to make their lives an offering to God.