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"Even a traditionally Catholic people can feel negatively or assimilate almost unconsciously the repercussions of a culture that ends by insinuating a mentality in which the Gospel message is openly rejected or subtly hindered."
Words such as these could only be voiced by a person of great intellect, faith and courage, such as Pope Benedict XVI, as he soldiers onward in the footsteps of his predecessor, Blessed Pope John Paul II – Johannes Paulus Magnus. Like John Paul, Benedict lived in a country whose profound, centuries-old culture, veritably linked with late antiquity, had been savagely trampled by the forces of evil.
That the citizens of any country could allow it to drift nonchalantly into a toxic stream leading to nowhere defies reason. Yet history records that it has happened.
"Stream" is an especially suitable metaphor here, since Benedict voiced his warning in the magnificent Tri-Venetian region, that "blessed land’’ distinguished by the banks of the Lagoon, the Canal of Cannaregio and the fabled Grand Canal, leading to the "River of Light," and, of course, the incomparable St. Mark’s Basilica.
The ultimate "River of Light," we know, in faith, illumines the Way to Christ, who must always be our final goal. Any idea or movement that deviates from or constitutes a barrier to his embrace cannot be labeled "progress." On the contrary, it can only amount to retardation and, when all else has been tried, self-destruction. We are all made for God, as Saint Augustine wrote on the first page of his immortal Confessions, and we shall never rest until we rest in him.
Thus, argued Pope Benedict during his pilgrimage to the Diocese of Triveneto (the "Three Venices"), for man today to surrender his soul to hedonistic, materialistic and/or relativistic goals is self-defeating, because it is dehumanizing. The meaning of each and every human being is reflected in Christ, the Son of God incarnate. There is no "humanism" worthy of the name without reference to God. Was it not Dostoevsky who, in typical philosophical fashion, stated that to assess the human being without reference to God is like sitting on a tree limb while sawing it off? Isn’t it bound to crash?
The great Jewish existentialist Martin Buber convincingly argued that since God is the indispensable basis for every authentic "I-Thou" relationship, as contradistinguished from an "I-It" relationship, every "Thou" offers a glimpse through to the Eternal "Thou," namely, God. Moreover, God is the absolute guarantor of every true interpersonal meeting.

Events Calendar

September 2014
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Archbishop O'Brien Library , Bloomfield, United States
The Archbishop O’Brien Library will participate in a community-based project with Life Choice Donor Services, a non-profit organ procurement organization, during September, to raise awareness for organ [...]
Date :  September 01, 2014
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St. Ann Parish, Avon, Avon, United States
The Social Justice Committee of St. Ann’s Parish in Avon will have its popular annual clothing sale from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and from 8:30 [...]
Date :  September 19, 2014
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St. Ann Parish, Avon, Avon, United States
The Social Justice Committee of St. Ann’s Parish in Avon will have its popular annual clothing sale from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and from 8:30 [...]
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, Bristol, United States
St. Paul Catholic High School open houses at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20,  7 p.m. Oct. 8 and at 10 and [...]
Date :  September 20, 2014
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Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, United States
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Catholic Youth Spectacular (CYS), set for Sept. 21 on the [...]
Date :  September 21, 2014
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The Archdiocese of Hartford is participating again in the national Family Day program launched by [...]
Date :  September 22, 2014
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Wampanoag Country Club, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
HARTFORD – The 22nd annual Archbishop John F. Whealon Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 23 [...]
Date :  September 23, 2014
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Hamden , Hamden, United States
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Hamden will have its monthly Pro-Life Holy Hour Novena from 6-7 p.m. September 24.The Holy Hour will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, pro-life rosary, [...]
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Hartford GYN Center, Hartford, United States
The Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will participate in the international 40 Days for Life campaign from Sept. 24 through Nov. 2. The success of the campaign is evident in [...]
Date :  September 24, 2014
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Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford, West Hartford, United States
"Know Greater Joy" is the theme of a Men's Weekend Retreat being offered Sept. 26-28 at Holy Family [...]
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St. Therese Church, Branford, Branford, United States
LYRA, an a cappella group of four professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, is returning to [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 26, 2014
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Holy Angels Parish Center, South Meriden, Meriden, United States
MERIDEN – The Meriden-Wallingford Council of Catholic Women will sponsor a catered breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Holy Angels Parish Center in South Meriden. Guest speaker Deacon Thomas J. Davis [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 27, 2014
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Polish-American Club, West Haven, United States
NEW HAVEN – St. Stanislaus Parish will have its annual picnic/harvest festival from 1-8 p.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine, at the Polish-American Club at 194 W. Spring St., West Haven. Polish and [...]
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Lourdes in Litchfield , Litchfield, United States
A Beginning Experience Weekend will be conducted Sept. 26-28 for divorced, separated and widowed men and [...]
Date :  September 28, 2014
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Caritas Christi Center, Hamden, Hamden, United States
Caritas Christi Center will offer a New Life Seminar for the separated and divorcd from 7-9 p.m. on nine [...]
Date :  September 29, 2014
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