Benedict XVI Blog

"You Possess a Treasure!"

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Something that struck me during the Holy Father’s visit to Edmonton was his emphasis on the role of grandparents and elders in our lives and how the Indigenous people really do this well in their culture. It was very fitting that the Pope came for the Feast Day of Saints Anne and Joachim: the grandparents of Christ. During his visit, Pope Francis talked about how we are not brought into this world alone, but surrounded by people to help us, advise us, and love us. He emphasized how vital these people are to learning the faith. This is particularly true for grandparents.

Am I Giving Life?

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The planning was a flurry of activity ranging from leisurely waiting for phone calls to the panic of having to reply to multiple pages of emails before the day’s work was done. But then the Holy Father came, and the reason for our labours became personal and apparent. During the visit I attended two of the events: I got involved at Maskwacis mostly in a supporting role for any tasks needed, and as a seminarian, I had the blessing of serving Mass at Commonwealth Stadium.