I'm excited about this opportunity and the chance to join Fr. (Col.) Bob Bruno, O.F.M. who is presently the academy Catholic chaplain. Fr. Bob has spent his priesthood serving the air force.
Pope John XXIII's episcopal motto was "Obedience and Peace." These two virtues became the guiding lights of his life in general and of his papacy in particular. Renowned as the gentle pope, John XXIII managed to address the issues of his day in spite of stiff opposition from the Curial Officials with whom he had to work. He won them over by being a man of integrity, compromise, and peace.
The Documents of Vatican II are the results of his life, in many ways. His ability to listen to the "signs of the times" and to allow the Church to move into the modern world with its wonderful Gospel message is captured in the writings of the Council. Pope Benedict XVI has called for the Year of Faith to begin with and to sink deep roots in these Conciliar Documents. They are worth a read or a reread in light of the signs of our times.
Pope John faced some serious opposition from the heads of the various Vatican offices. Those curial officials saw no need--some even saw a danger--in opening up the internal working of the Church to all of the bishop of the world. Pope John calmly and convincingly assured them that they were not the only ones who understood what the Church is all about. If anything, Vatican II restated firmly the universal role of each and every bishop.
It might be good for all of us to re-read the documents of the Council. I know that I hear a lot of statements concerning what Vatican II said or did. It may be good during this Year of Faith to go back and read the message of the council in the words of the Council Fathers who wrote the documents that have such a fantastic influence on our Church today.
October 11, 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith beginning this Thursday, October 11. This is a time for each of us and all of us to renew our faith commitment to God and to the Church.
I will periodically be posting materials throughout the year having to do with the Year of faith both here and on the Vocation Office Facebook page.