Friday, August 19, 2005

they followed a star

The Exorcist is a little disappointed that Pope Benedict's trip to Cologne is not getting more coverage in the mainstream media. Granted, there's a lot going on in the world today. It seems that almost every day is a big news day. Makes me kind of wonder, on a grander scale, what stage of history, what point in time, humanity is approaching...

Pope Benedict, in his own unassuming way, is reaching the hearts and minds (yes, they do have minds!) of the thousands of young people who have followed their personal star to the banks of the Rhine. The relics of the Magi are kept at the cathedral in Cologne and the image of the mysterious witnesses to the Saviour's birth has provided the Pope with some very suggestive metaphor for his exchanges with the young pilgrims.

The full text of his most recent words can be found on the blog of a brother. Reading them, I recalled something Ratzinger wrote in Truth and Tolerance:

"And did not the Magi find their way to Christ by means of the star, that is, by means of their 'superstition', by their religious beliefs and practices? Did not their religion, then, kneel before Christ, as it were, in their persons, recognizing itself as provisional, or rather as proceeding towards Christ?"

I guess everyone's got a star to follow. And I hope all stars lead to Him.