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Back to Papal Visit main pageIn the morning, Pope Benedict celebrates Mass with priests and religious in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  In the afternoon, he meets with seminarians and with young people at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York.

Prayer for each day
 
Lord our God,
we give thanks for this land of freedom:
may we use our freedom for the good of all.
We give thanks for this land of opportunity:
may we share our abundance with others,
so that all people may have their fill of your good gifts.
We give thanks for our peace and security:
may we work to establish peace in the world.
May our nation truly be
a land of liberty and justice,
a place where every human life is treasured,
and a beacon of hope to the world.
We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

Reflection from Pope Benedict XVI:
Christ’s Invitation to Young People

“If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? And once again the Pope said: No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.”

From Pope Benedict XVI’s first homily after his election as Pope, April 24, 2005
Read the entire homily here

Prayer Intentions for Today

Morning: we pray for the priests and religious of the United States, that they may be renewed in faith, hope, and love.  We give thanks for all the dedicated priests and religious who have helped to lead us to faith.

Afternoon: We pray for young people, that they may be faithful to their baptismal covenant amidst all the challenges of our world.  Let us pray especially that God will raise up among them many generous-hearted people to serve the Church as priests and religious.

 

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