|Archbishop Velasio De Paolis during the concelebration of the Mass at the Center for Higher Studies chapel in Rome.|
October 12, 2010. Rome, Italy. This past October 7, Archbishop
Velasio De Paolis presided over a Mass in the Center
for Higher Studies chapel to mark the start of the
academic year at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College.
Concelebrating were Fr
Alvaro Corcuera, LC, general director and grand chancellor of the
Regina Apostolorum; Fr Luis Garza, LC, vicar general and territorial
director for Italy; Fr Pedro Barrajón, LC, rector of the
Regina Apostolorum; professors and members of the academic staff; a
large group of Legionary priests from the community in Rome;
and some students.
At the beginning of the Mass, Fr Pedro
Barrajón, LC, thanked Archbishop De Paolis for coming and went
on to note that the celebration of the Mass was
an opportunity to invoke the light of the Holy Spirit
on the students and teaching staff.
“We need this gentle
light that has guided the great men of the Church
to a deeper understanding of the truth in order to
bring it to the world,” he said.
|A panoramic view of the Mass.|
During his homily, Archbishop
De Paolis emphasized the importance of invoking the Holy Spirit
in order to know the truth and have the strength
to live by it and rejoice in it.
went on to address the cultural setting in which ecclesiastical
universities are called to be beacons.
“We live today in a
culture where it seems that in some aspects we are
falling back into the darkness. Not because we lack intelligence,
not because we lack capacity, but because we want to
close ourselves up inside,” he said.
“A man who encloses himself
in his purely human dimension is a man who is
not prepared to understand his greatness. […] There has never
been a time in Christian history when man knew so
many things and yet knew so little about himself.”
of this reality, he stated that the mission of pontifical
universities is to contribute a deeper level of reflection on
the whole truth, “the truth in its maximum depth, and
in its widest possible horizon.”
“This truth,” he said, “is accessible
to us insofar as we are able to enlighten our
reason with the light of faith, through the light of
the Holy Spirit.”
During his visit, Archbishop De Paolis handed over
a prologue he had written for a book written by
two Legionary priests. The book, Amaos como yo os he
amado (Love One Another As I Have Loved You), written
by Fr Juan Pablo Ledesma, LC, dean of the theology
faculty, and Fr Hector Guerra, LC, will be published by
Planeta Testimonio in the upcoming months.
After Mass, Archbishop De Paolis
went on to join the Legionary community for lunch, encouraging
them to have confidence in God, the Church, the Legion,
“Let us have trust, let us walk together,”