A favorite Cardinal, His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke, was recently in Pendleton, OR at a the Northwest Catholic Men’s Conference. A choir of students from one of my favorite small Catholic Colleges, Wyoming Catholic College, went to participate at the event.
Card. Burke celebrated Holy Mass and spoke at the conference.
I have been sent photos and the text of some of Card. Burke’s interventions.
His presentation at the conference is a fine piece.
Here is a taste from the beginning of his speech.
The culture in which we live is not easy for Catholic men. It calls into question the most basic truths about God, about us and about our world. In a particular way, by its open disregard and even hostility toward the moral law, written by God in every human heart, it presents a most difficult challenge for men. A godless culture necessarily calls into question the very notion of the distinct nature of man and of his vocation of fatherhood. As the Catholic psychologist Paul Vitz once observed, atheism is the religion of the fatherless.
At the same time, the state of our culture points to the critical importance of men recovering the understanding of their distinct gifts and their distinct vocation of fatherhood for the transformation of our culture from a culture of godlessness and death to a culture of faith and life. I commend you for all that you are doing to deepen your understanding of your life and vocation as men, and to fortify yourselves to live your manhood with integrity and, thereby, to be agents of the transformation of our homes and of society, in general.
In my presentation tonight, I want to reflect with you on our Christian vocation to be witnesses to Christ and, therefore, martyrs for the faith. First, I will set the context of the living of our Christian vocation in the present time, as presented to us by Pope Benedict XVI who urges us to study again the teaching of His saintly predecessor, the Venerable, soon to be Blessed, Pope John Paul II. Then, I will present briefly the teaching of Pope John Paul II on the new evangelization as witness to Christ. The third part of my presentation is a reflection on witness as martyrdom and the various forms which it takes. The final part of my presentation concerns conscience as the voice of God enlightening and guiding us on the way of witness and martyrdom.
The rest is wonderful, but too long for me to post here easily. Maybe in the next days.
We do well to build up the Catholic identity of men at every age.
It is great to see Card. Burke… a Cardinal.
It is great to see that he is willing to participate in these conferences. Pray for him and his health.