THE ANGELICUM Magazine July 2020 has been sent!
In the midst of this uncertain time of sickness, death and isolation I send you the words of our Lord…
Do not be afraid!
When so many are deprived of the grace of the sacraments, I assure you that the Dominicans of the Angelicum still have the privilege of presenting the needs of our dispersed academic community and benefactors to the Lord in the daily Eucharist. We continue to lift you up in prayer as well as all of those who serve us in various ways to make life go on. This prayer draws us into the broken body of Christ suffering around the world. St. John Paul II told us that this suffering Christ reveals the radical mercy of God (Dives in Misericordia 8).
We are often reminded, in times like these, of the wisdom and insight of our beloved St. John Paul II, who began his pontificate with the same words of Jesus, “Be not afraid!” Filled with the Spirit and an unwavering courage, born of the struggles of his young life and his years fighting against a culture of death, he understood that engaging the culture was paramount to Christ’s mission today. He wanted to make the Church the home and school of communion (Novo Millennio Ineunte 43).
God’s plan is perfect and will not be thwarted, bringing good out of evil. In the midst of this pandemic the Angelicum was privileged to launch the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture on 18 May, his 100th birthday. This new institute for the whole Church flows from the grateful hearts and generous efforts of Polish lay faithful in collaboration with the Saint Nicholas Foundation, the Futura Iuventa Foundation and the Angelicum. As a son of Poland and Rector of our university, I am honored to be part of this effort on behalf of the Angelicum’s most illustrious alumnus (Letter to rector, Pope Francis). St. John Paul II should not become just a historical figure, but his writings should be accessible to generations of students to bring them to bear on all aspects of our culture… (Excerpt of July 2020 issue by Father Michał Paluch, O.P.)
Read the full article from Fr. Paluch HERE (page 4)