THURSDAY
April 6, 2000
volume 11, no. 69
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INTRODUCTION TO THIS SPECIAL ON-LINE RETREAT:
   Thanks to ZENIT News Organization, we are able to bring you in its entirety each day the spiritual exercises that Retreat Master Archbishop Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan preached to the Holy Father and Curia the week just before the Pope's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land. Because of the wonders of the internet, all readers can now share in the inspiration that touched the Vicar of Christ and give all readers the opportunity to make a Lenten On-Line Retreat, so to speak, by contemplating on what the Archbishop presents, then going in silent prayer and meditation as John Paul II and his staff did to gain a greater peace and spirituality. The ideal way is to be able to go before the Blessed Sacrament and attend Daily Mass, but if this is not possible, then quiet time with Our Lord in meditation and prayer is the best scenario. Each day we will bring you these spiritual exercises in chronological order to when the Archbishop presented them. Eventually, at the request of the Pope, there will be a book published containing the depth of these meditations.

    For past Spiritual Exercises, see Day One and Day Two and Day Three and Day Four and Day Five and Day Six


SPECIAL ON-LINE LENTEN RETREAT
Spiritual Exercises preached to the Holy Father and his staff just prior to his historic "Jubilee Journey"
Day SEVEN: THE SECRET OF HOPE - "TO RETURN TO JERUSALEM"
Pope prepares for Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Silence of Prayer
Seventh and Final Day of Reflections - Papal Spiritual Exercises
conducted by
Archbishop Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

   Today's Introduction: Today, continuing with his preaching of the Spiritual Exercises to John Paul II and his collaborators in the Roman Curia, Archbishop François Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân cast his gaze two days before the Holy Father's "Jubilee Journey" to the Holy Land was to begin on Jerusalem and the places where Jesus preached 2000 years ago. During the meditation, the Archbishop described with striking force the presence of Christ in a Church "that on occasions is tired, sad and disillusioned" in face of today's world, as were the disciples of Emmaus but which, like them, is capable of returning to the Holy City, recognizing the "ineffable certainty" of Jesus' presence by their side. John Paul II could not have prepared better for his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.


          

April 5, 2000
volume 11, no. 68
LENTEN ON-LINE RETREAT

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