Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 22, 2008
Prepare for something beautiful, Smith urges
Catholics should get ready to encounter Christ
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I am today asking every member of the archdiocese to pray for the light of the Holy Spirit."
In May, Smith announced an initiative by which the Edmonton Archdiocese will respond to the call to a new evangelization in Alberta.
“Beginning in December, we shall embark upon a five-year process of celebrating the beauty of the Church’s faith,” he said Sept. 14, noting that a series of four presentations will be held at the basilica.
Smith said his hope is that everyone in the archdiocese will experience in these events “a new and life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ, who is always present whenever two or three gather in his name.
“Such an encounter cannot fail to inspire within our hearts a deep desire to tell others of the love and hope we have found in Jesus.”
The archbishop noted that with any encounter with the Lord, “we prepare through self-examination and prayer.
“Accordingly, I am today asking every member of the archdiocese to pray for the light of the Holy Spirit and, in that light, to examine honestly and hopefully their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.”
“Please pray each day that this endeavour will give rise within the hearts of each of us to a renewed relationship with Jesus Christ,” Smith told the congregation.
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