Monday, September 22, 2008

Benedict XVI on Spiritual Energy...E=mc2

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Pope Benedict XVI's reflection from his Sept 25, 2005 Angelus: On the Eucharist and Love: "Source of the Spiritual Energy That Renews Our Life":

The whole of Jesus earthly existence, from his conception until his death on the cross, was an act of love, to the point that we can summarize our faith in these words: "Jesus, caritas" -- Jesus, love. In the Last Supper, knowing that his hour had come, the divine Master gave his disciples the supreme example of love, washing their feet, and entrusted to them his precious legacy, the Eucharist, in which the whole paschal mystery is centered, as the venerated Pope John Paul II wrote in the encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia." Take and eat, all of you, because this is my Body," "Take and drink all of you, because this is the cup of my Blood."

Jesus' words in the cenacle anticipated his death and manifested the consciousness with which he faced it, transforming it into a gift of himself, in the act of love that gives itself totally. In the Eucharist, the Lord gives himself to us with his body, with his soul and with his divinity, and we become one with him and among ourselves.

Our response to his love therefore must be concrete, and must be expressed in a genuine conversion to love, in forgiveness, in reciprocal acceptance and in attention for the needs of all. Many and varied are the forms of service that we can offer our neighbor in everyday life, if we pay a little attention. The Eucharist (((Mystery of Light))) becomes in this way the source of the spiritual energy that renews our life every day and, in this way, renews the love of Christ to the world.


From the Holy Father's first encyclical Deus Caritas Est, God is Love (Dec 2005) concerning the Church's role in social justice: "She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper."

Before closing his Sunday Angelus (Feb 25, 2007), the Pope reminded all those gathered in the piazza that "the indispensable spiritual energy required to establish peace and happiness can only be obtained from this source [Christ]."

On April 2, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI while celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square to commemorate the third anniversary of John Paul's death recalled his mentor's devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in his homily: "The Mass--as he often said--was for him the focal point of every day and of his entire life. The "living and holy" reality of the Eucharist gave him the spiritual energy to guide the People of God along the path of history."

Yesterday at a special dedication Mass at Albano, Italy Pope Benedict again spoke about spiritual energy with the following words: "Therefore, the love of Christ, the love that will never end, is the spiritual energy that unites those who participate in the same sacrifice and are nourished by the one bread broken for the salvation of the world"

What is one to make of this

Is it possibly tied to how God the Father created matter,
through Jesus and in His image, likeness and goodness?

Energy (both spiritual and temporal)
is directly related to Mass and Light

At Holy Mass the consecration of the bread and wine
(i.e., transubstantiation)

is the work of the Holy Spirit, whose Light gives Life:

Spiritual Light---turns bread into Christ's Body
Spiritual Light---turns wine into Christ's Blood
Is E=mc2
an expression of this Truth?

Wouldn't it be nice if Pope Benedict XVI, the former Archbishop of Munich (where Einstein went to Catholic School for three years) made the point that we start relating to the concept of mass–energy equivalence that unites the concepts of conservation of mass and conservation of energy and allows rest mass to be converted to forms of active energy as a key to understand God's Creation, Recreation that occurs each Mass, and Eternal Life.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT

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* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for: Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas; St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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