|6th century mosaic of Christ as victorious warrior, standing|
over evil, symbolized by the lion and the serpent. The book
reads, in Latin, "I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life."
Are you ready for a challenge? Are you?
A challenge of papal proportions? And of eternal consequence?!?
Okay, I'm probably sounding a little excitable here, but it's not without reason. Earlier this week, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., delivered a speech to seminarians in Columbus, Ohio. And in this speech, the Nuncio divulged Pope Benedict's bold expectations for the Catholic Church in the United States:
"The Church in the United States should lead the entire Church in the world" in a revitalization effort, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said. "This is a great task, but you have the determination and the grace to do it. This I know is the vision of the Holy Father regarding the Church in the United States."
In particular, Archbishop Vigano said that he wanted to direct his remarks to young people in the U.S,, and especially to seminarians.
So, to the young adult Catholics reading this: the Holy Father excepts you to be the tip of the spear in a new evangelization. Through your unwavering commitment to Church and your loyal adherence to her teachings, the call has been issued for you to "lead the entire Church in the world," and to inspire others in the world to holiness and to a re-commitment to Catholic orthodoxy.
And this call has come from none other than the Vicar of Christ himself.
Will you accept the challenge?