“…for us Christ is everything.”

Why should I desire Jesus more and more? How am I a participant in the building of His Church?  I certainly found some answers in this talk given by Cardinal Piacenza a few weeks ago, posted by Dom Mark yesterday.  I was really WOW’ed by it.  So simple, yet so profound.  Here are a few lines that stopped me in my tracks for reflection:

…the meaning of the world is a Person, a Person who is the presence of the Eternal in the world. Hence, he is also the meaning of my life.
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To live solely from Christ is to live everything else because of Christ—this is what it means to be Christians.
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The martyrs were willing to part company with their limbs rather than parting company with Christ.
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Christ, who down here on earth no longer has a visible face, nor hands, nor feet, takes me and makes use of me and through my hands succors the poor, with my feet goes out to meet my brothers and, through my heart, loves.
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In the measure in which each one of us opens himself up in this way to the action of Christ, we give him the possibility of living in certain existential ways that he was unable to live in his individual human nature, on account of the earthly conditions to which he was subject, through the reality of the Incarnation.
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Each one of us is an original brushstroke in the great portrait painted by God throughout sacred history….. I am called to reveal, in some sense, a new feature of the face of Christ. Each one of us is a brushstroke in the fresco, a tile in the mosaic of the perfect Man.

Prior to this, I had never heard of Cdl Piacenza.  Now I want to hear any talk or homily he gives, and read anything he’s ever written!

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