StJosemariaEscrivaMass.JPGOn this Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul, two pillars of the Church, a photo from the June 26 feast day Mass of St. Josemaria Escriva at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, celebrated by Archbishop Auza Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. In his homily the Archbishop urged mass goers to: “put out into the deep” in the work of evangelization — to be “fishers of men.”

Addendum – After the Holy Year 2000 Jubilee, Saint Pope John Paul II (in his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte) wrote that he “thought of its celebration as a providential opportunity during which the Church, thirty-five years after the Second Vatican Council, would examine how far she had renewed herself in order to be able to take up her evangelizing mission with fresh enthusiasm…Has the Jubilee succeeded in this aim?…we need to profit from the grace received by putting it into practice in resolutions and guidelines for action. This is a task I wish to invite all the local churches to undertake.” He adds that it is prayer which roots us in this truth. It constantly reminds us of the primacy of Christ and, in union with him, the primacy of the interior life and holiness…which is inconceivable without a renewed listening to the Word of God. The Second Vatican Council underlined the pre-eminent role of the Word of God in the life of the Church.” And yet since 2000, the large numbers of church and school closings, coupled with fewer vocations and millions of people leaving the Church, would lead one to conclude that “new life from attentiveness to the Word of God” is not happening for many. People first need to be nourished with the word in order to be ‘servants of the Word’ in the work of evangelization.”