Pope Benedict XVI's astronomer: the Catholic Church welcomes aliens
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Quote:Reading 7
From the Holy Gospel according to Mark: 16:15-18

In that time Jesus said to his disciples: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And so on.

Homily by Pope St Gregory the Great.
29th on the Gospels.

By the words every creature we may understand every tribe of the Gentiles. Of aforetime it had been said, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, Matth. x. 5, but now, Preach the Gospel to every creature, that, since the Jews had proudly rejected the preaching of the Apostles, that might become our gain which was the seal of their condemnation. But when the Eternal Truth sendeth forth His disciples to preach, what doth He but scatter seed over the field of the world? He scattereth abroad a few grains for seed, that He may afterward reap an abundant harvest in our faith.

Reading 8

The great harvest of faithful souls throughout the whole world would never have sprung up, if the hand of the Lord had not first scattered those chosen grains of preachers over the reasonable soil of men's minds. Then is written, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Now, perchance, thou sayest in thine heart I believe, and therefore I shall be saved. True, if to thy faith thou dost add works. He only hath a living faith whose life doth not give the lie to his profession. It is of this that Paul speaketh, where he saith of certain vain believers, They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him. Tit. i. 16.

Reading 9

And these signs shall follow them that believe In My name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. My brethren, these signs do not follow us. Do we, then, not believe? Nay. The truth is, these things were needful when the Church was young. That she might grow by the increase of the faithful, she needed to be nourished with miracles. So we, when we plant a young tree, continually water and tend it, till we see that it hath taken firm root in the earth but when once it hath taken firm root, it can grow of itself. Hence Paul saith of tongues Tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not. i Cor. xiv. 22.

Great reading for the day, since St. Francis of Xavier had the gift of tongues in that the tribes he spoke to understood his preaching in the Indies in their own language. Much like that first Pentecost.

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Re: Pope Benedict XVI's astronomer: the Catholic Church welcomes aliens - by Adam Wayne - 12-03-2011, 09:03 AM



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