DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     August 30, 1999     vol. 10, no. 163

THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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    INTRODUCTION
          We bring you today the Holy Father's most recent brief catechesis on our final preparations for the Jubilee Year 2000 in respect to salvation. We bring you Pope John Paul II's exact words from his previous three Wednesday General Papal Audiences at the Vatican in Paul VI Hall. His talks are a follow-up to his talks in July and early August Heaven, hell and Purgatory. He is merely reminding us all what we need to believe in spiritually preparing the universal flock for Jubilee 2000.

Catechesis in Preparation for Jubilee Year 2000 during Papal Audiences the last three weeks of August

The following are the Holy Father's words on overcoming sin from his Wednesday Papal Audience, August 11, 1999:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

        During the past few weeks, we have meditated on the themes of Heaven, hell and Purgatory. Today we reflect on the path which leads us to our final destiny.

        The Christian life can be considered as a great pilgrimage to the house of the Father, ďwhose unconditional love for every human creature ... we discover anew each dayĒ (Tertio Millennio Adveniente). Our present life is already marked by the salvation which Christ has won for us through his death and resurrection. We are journeying towards the full actualization of this salvation, which will take place at the final coming of the Lord. As we make this journey, we are called to share in the Paschal mystery of the Lord and to live up to the demands of Christís offer of redemption. An important part of this is our continual purification and struggle against sin, in the knowledge that in rising from the dead, Christ has already overcome the power of sin and death. In involving ourselves in the realities of this passing world, we must fix our gaze on our final goal, bringing the light of God to bear on all that we do.

The following are the Holy Father's words on the theme of conversion from his Wednesday Papal Audience, August 18, 1999:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

        During this final year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the whole Church is called to reflect on the theme of conversion, and the liberation from sin which this implies. While the struggle against evil is a significant part of the experience of personal and community life, we know that to overcome sin we must rely on the strength which God gives us in Christ.

        Sacred Scripture emphasizes that a sincere return to God and liberation from evil are part of one process of conversion. In this process, the sinner recognizes his sin and returns to God, placing his confidence in God's mercy and forgiveness.

        As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ has definitively conquered the evil one. However, each one of us must freely accept this victory by undertaking the commitment and continual vigilance which the struggle against sin requires. In the midst of our efforts and despite our failings, we can draw comfort from Christ's words: "In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world" (John 17:33).

The following are the Holy Father's words still on conversion from his most recent Wednesday Papal Audience, August 25, 1999:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

        In our reflections on conversion, we now consider sin in its personal and social aspects. Jesus came to break sinís power and to bring mankind true freedom. He did this in His own life by always saying yes to the Fatherís plan of love, and His grace now enables us to do the same. The new evangelization needs to stress both Godís loving mercy and the reality of our own sin, and thus lead to conversion and authentic liberation. While all sin is ultimately personal, the accumulation of personal sins can create structures of injustice which consolidate the power of evil in the world. The proclamation of Christís complete victory over evil gives us the certainty that, in addition to personal sins, even the most oppressive structures of evil in society can be redeemed. The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 invites us to renew the struggle against sin in all its forms, and to work as individuals and communities for an ever more just and humane world.


August 30, 1999       volume 10, no. 163
THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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