Friday, 27 May 2011

interesting ad campaigns from canada ( part-3): Catholic Church of Quebec-Annual Collection

( this post is updated on 15 june 2016, to include the 2016 ad campagin from Montreal dioease) 

Toujours ma paroisse :) Campagne de financement des paroisses







( intelligent use of émoticône / Emoticone :)













http://beta.ecdq.org/nouvelles/toujours-ma-paroisses-campagne-de-financement-des-paroisses-de-l’eglise-catholique-de-quebec/ 












interesting ad campaigns from canada ( part-2): Catholic Church of Montreal-Annual Collection ads

CAMPAIGN 2011: LOVE
 









( talking the facebook language!)

Love: it's the key message of the biggest social network in the world, the one-billion-member Catholic Church. And that's what the Archdiocese of Montreal is inviting everyone to do with its 2011 annual campaign.
(http://www.diocesemontreal.org/en/the-church-in-montreal/annual-collection/articles/annual-collection.html)


'SAY A PRAYER'








In a campaign wink to Montrealers, the diocese put up a large billboard along the southbound lanes of the Turcot Interchange. The French-language sign, leading up to the Champlain Bridge, reads: "Say a prayer".

Local media have reported the precarious state of the bridge, which is currently undergoing major repairs to ensure its safety.

However, Lucie Martineau, diocesan communications director, did stress that bridge authorities have assured that there is no danger of sudden or imminent collapse.

"It's just a little humour to catch people's attention," said Martineau. "And to help them think of God, even if it's just for a second."

http://www.diocesemontreal.org/en/the-church-in-montreal/annual-collection/articles/annual-collection.html 



 









2006: XVIIIe  Collecte annuelle de l’Église catholique de Montréal

( this ad shocked the Canadian French population!)

Le concept (francophone) de cette année en surprendra plusieurs. Il s’agit de rappeler la définition réelle de trois mots : Hostie, Ciboire et Tabernacle. Nous croyons que ce concept publicitaire, en plus d’attirer l’attention, est en complet accord avec la mission catéchétique de l’Église. Il faut parfois savoir oser pour interpeller les adultes qui ont oublié et les plus jeunes pour qui ces mots n’ont peut-être jamais eu de véritable sens.

http://www.diocesemontreal.org/accueil/collecte/2006/index.htm 

history : http://www.diocesemontreal.org/accueil/collecte/












interesting ad campaigns from canada : "Don't be that guy"

"Don't be that guy" is a bold sexual assault awareness campaign- ( launched on November 22, 2010)   targeting potential offenders (and not potential victims)  by SAVE - Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton.



http://www.sexualassaultvoices.com/our-campaign.html 

Pope 'shuts down irregular monastery in Rome'


famous monastery in Rome, Italian media reports say.

The Santa Croce in Gerusalemme church is being closed because of rumours of a lack of liturgical, financial and moral discipline, La Stampa reports.

It is understood the few remaining Cistercian monks will be transferred to other communities in Italy.

The basilica's abbot, a flamboyant former Milan fashion designer, was moved two years ago.

Il Messaggero reports that Simone Fioraso transformed the church, renovating its crumbling interior and opening a hotel, holding regular concerts, a televised bible-reading marathon and regularly attracting celebrity visitors with an unconventional approach.

One of the nuns at the monastery, Anna Nobili, a former lap-dancer, reportedly took part in dance performances with other nuns during religious ceremonies.

But the Vatican was reportedly not pleased by rumours that circulated about the behaviour of the monks.

"An inquiry found evidence of liturgical and financial irregularities as well as lifestyles that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk," Father Ciro Benedettini, a Vatican spokesman, is reported as telling the Guardian newspaper.

An inquiry was carried out by the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life but has not yet been made public, La Stampa reports.

Santa Croce is one of Rome's oldest and most prestigious churches, and was built around a chapel dating back to the 4th Century.

It is one of the Italian capital's key places of pilgrimage as it is believed to house holy relics.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13559219http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13559219

 'Lap-dancing nun' performs for Church'

Jesus is a God who dances, not one who stands still 

Anna Nobili is no ordinary nun.

The 38-year-old used to be a lap-dancer, and spent many years working in Italian nightclubs.

She is now using her talents in a rather different way - for what she calls "The Holy Dance" in a performance on Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross in Jerusalem Basilica in Rome, in front of senior Catholic clerics including Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican's Cultural Department.

Miss Nobili told the BBC World Service that the transformation from podium lap dancer to nun happened gradually.

"It was my mother who went about getting me involved in the faith - she had a powerful vision of Jesus," she says.

"At first I didn't want to know, but then Jesus appeared to me too, and I fell in love with him."
Jesus is a God who dances, not one who stands still

Sister Anna Nobili


Several years ago, she swapped her old life for the Church, after a visit to the shrine of St Francis in Assisi, a place of pilgrimage for millions of Catholics in Umbria.

Sister Nobili, then joined the order of nuns called the Working Lady Nuns of Nazareth House, and it is through them that she tours prisons and hospitals performing her modern Christian dance.

She says the Church is very open to what she does.

Sister Nobili says her dancing has changed since her lap-dancing days


"They understand that our hearts belong to Jesus, that means our moves also show that he is alive, and that he is a God of joy, not one of sadness," she explains.

"He is a God who dances not one who stands still."

Sister Nobili adds that it is for these reasons she has noticed that bishops, and priests in general, are struck by this new form of expression.

She does use some of her past life in her new shows, telling young people in the audience the story of how she converted.

Referring to the actual dancing she does today, with her group, the Jesus Dancers, Sister Nobili says it is different from what she did for her nightclub shows.

"My body has changed, so the way I dance has changed too."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7988322.stm 
 





Monday, 16 May 2011

Re-post: Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'

repost from http://www.guardian.co.uk

Hawking says there is no heaven.., but i am sure the hell exists!!! :)


In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence 

A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.

In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.

Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shares his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today.

The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future.

"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he said.

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark," he added.

Hawking's latest comments go beyond those laid out in his 2010 book, The Grand Design, in which he asserted that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe. The book provoked a backlash from some religious leaders, including the chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, who accused Hawking of committing an "elementary fallacy" of logic.

The 69-year-old physicist fell seriously ill after a lecture tour in the US in 2009 and was taken to Addenbrookes hospital in an episode that sparked grave concerns for his health. He has since returned to his Cambridge department as director of research.

The physicist's remarks draw a stark line between the use of God as a metaphor and the belief in an omniscient creator whose hands guide the workings of the cosmos.

In his bestselling 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, Hawking drew on the device so beloved of Einstein, when he described what it would mean for scientists to develop a "theory of everything" – a set of equations that described every particle and force in the entire universe. "It would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God," he wrote.

The book sold a reported 9 million copies and propelled the physicist to instant stardom. His fame has led to guest roles in The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Red Dwarf. One of his greatest achievements in physics is a theory that describes how black holes emit radiation.

In the interview, Hawking rejected the notion of life beyond death and emphasised the need to fulfil our potential on Earth by making good use of our lives. In answer to a question on how we should live, he said, simply: "We should seek the greatest value of our action."

In answering another, he wrote of the beauty of science, such as the exquisite double helix of DNA in biology, or the fundamental equations of physics.

Hawking responded to questions posed by the Guardian and a reader in advance of a lecture tomorrow at the Google Zeitgeist meeting in London, in which he will address the question: "Why are we here?"

In the talk, he will argue that tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged. "Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in," he said.

Hawking suggests that with modern space-based instruments, such as the European Space Agency's Planck mission, it may be possible to spot ancient fingerprints in the light left over from the earliest moments of the universe and work out how our own place in space came to be.

His talk will focus on M-theory, a broad mathematical framework that encompasses string theory, which is regarded by many physicists as the best hope yet of developing a theory of everything.

M-theory demands a universe with 11 dimensions, including a dimension of time and the three familiar spatial dimensions. The rest are curled up too small for us to see.

Evidence in support of M-theory might also come from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva.

One possibility predicted by M-theory is supersymmetry, an idea that says fundamental particles have heavy – and as yet undiscovered – twins, with curious names such as selectrons and squarks.

Confirmation of supersymmetry would be a shot in the arm for M-theory and help physicists explain how each force at work in the universe arose from one super-force at the dawn of time.

Another potential discovery at the LHC, that of the elusive Higgs boson, which is thought to give mass to elementary particles, might be less welcome to Hawking, who has a long-standing bet that the long-sought entity will never be found at the laboratory.

Hawking will join other speakers at the London event, including the chancellor, George Osborne, and the Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.
Science, truth and beauty: Hawking's answers

What is the value in knowing "Why are we here?"

The universe is governed by science. But science tells us that we can't solve the equations, directly in the abstract. We need to use the effective theory of Darwinian natural selection of those societies most likely to survive. We assign them higher value.

You've said there is no reason to invoke God to light the blue touchpaper. Is our existence all down to luck?

Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.

So here we are. What should we do?

We should seek the greatest value of our action.

You had a health scare and spent time in hospital in 2009. What, if anything, do you fear about death?

I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

What are the things you find most beautiful in science?

Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in biology, and the fundamental equations of physics."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/15/stephen-hawking-interview-there-is-no-heaven 

 



Sunday, 15 May 2011

Re-post: Indian MP Tharoor: Europe must stop lecturing India


While relations between India and China or India and the US have their moments of tension, nothing divides the country and Europe, except when Europe tries to give too much advice on domestic issues, said Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary general and a member of the Indian parliament, in an in interview with EurActiv.

Shashi Tharoor is a prominet member of the Lok Sabha, India's parliament. He has served as Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and has been Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs.

He was speaking to EurActiv Managing Editor Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener.


In your book 'The Elephant, the tiger and the cell phone', about the changing face of India, you said that the country's ability to manage diversity has resulted in a rise in its soft power internationally. What's your perception of Europe's proverbial soft power, particularly after the intervention in Libya?

It is absolutely clear that Europe represents itself a model of 'soft power' because it is a region of the world that attracts people for its culture, its history, its architecture, its cuisine.

Since you are not representing a menace for anyone you have a distinctive soft power. But sometimes people criticise you for being the example of soft power without hard power.

For example, in India we have always believed that to counter the threats we face at our immediate borders, or to face terrorism, you need a combination of soft and hard power, which in Europe you are starting to lose, as you are reducing your defence budgets.

Now, the intervention in Libya suggests that you are capable of using your military muscle to defend the values you promote with your soft power.

The problem here is that some might think that Europe is turning again towards colonialism and imperialism, which the world was starting to forget.

So there is a risk in the choices you have made.

India and the EU are currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). What will that change for India?

Trade between our countries will become more significant. For the moment, it is clear that the two most important trade partners for India are the US and China. And I believe that China is overtaking the US, if you exclude trade in services.

I believe the moment has come to enter this market; it is a very important market due to its size but also because its consumption capacity is growing annually. So for Europe this is important, and for us I believe that the diversification of our sources of imports is very useful.

A good thing with Europe is that nothing divides us. That is not the case with China, where we are in sort of strategic rivalry.

There are no complications with the USA, even if it behaves like a superpower and we sometimes have difficulties with some of its actions.

With Europe, we do not really have major difficulties. Sometimes Europe has a tendency to give too much advice on things that are domestic affairs, which is something we do not always appreciate. I believe that if we treat each other with the respect that is necessary for sovereign countries, we will have no problem in developing a real strategic partnership. But we will start with trade, because that is the easiest starting point.

But the deal could possibly be blocked by the European Parliament as the FTA lacks any mention of labour rights, in the fields of child labour or collective bargaining, for example. Is any dialogue taking place at parliamentary level between the Lok Sabha and the European Parliament?

We have bilateral parliamentary dialogue and this question has never been raised by Europeans.

Secondly, we should not forget that child labour is illegal in India. The parliament does not accept child labour, and civil society organisations do lead a constant fight against child labour.

We do not pretend that it does not exist in India. Unfortunately, because of poverty families send their kids to work. If the police finds out about cases of abuse, the children are sent to school. Unfortunately, it is the economic reality that leads to such cases.

Europe has to understand that we in India are very proud people and we do not accept that on problems that we are trying to solve ourselves, foreign powers or treaties try to impose one rule or the other.

For example, human rights. We are very proud to say that violations of human rights are mostly exposed, even in Kashmir, by either civil society, the media or public administration.

India is a country that likes to solve its own problems. Because of our colonial past, we don't like it when someone from outside India comes to gives us lessons.

I am convinced that if Europe were to insist on imposing conditionality of such a sort on the FTA, then India would refuse to cooperate.

You can't forget history, you can't forget that for 200 years others have led India's business and politics, and it is much more important for us to insist on our own rights than to strike an FTA. As simple as that.

Let's go back to the problem of poverty, which is still unresolved in India, and so is that of social inequality. Indian voters may well again sanction those in power at the ballot box in upcoming elections. What solutions can be found for the problem of poverty in India?

Democracy in itself is a solution because when one is unhappy, he/she can always seize power through votes rather than Kalashnikovs.

The big problem [in these elections] is with the Maoists, who are active especially in some central and eastern central states, [but who] will not succeed in really changing their destiny, because the reaction of the federal state would be to suppress any violent action that they would undertake.

Elsewhere, people have 50 years' experience of Indian democracy. Those who have tried to change the social and political order by calling on people to vote for them always have the possibility to win.

Of course this is the magic aspect of democracy: next time they may lose, and yesterday's secessionists then become today's prime ministers. Thanks to democracy, next month or next year they may become opposition leaders. That is how it works.

Democracy represents a solution and obviously there is also development. In this domain, there are several ways to see things.

You spoke of social inequalities and in a way that is not correct. In fact, liberalisation is pursued by all political parties in India – there are three different political trends that are represented within the Indian government: the Indian National Congress, the BJP, and the third political camp includes the Socialist Party and the Communist Party – all have followed the same policy of liberalisation and economic opening up.

It is through this policy that we sustain a growth rate of 8% per year and that we manage to pull 1% of our population out of poverty every year.

This is not much, true, yet 10 million people have managed to escape poverty this way. That explains why despite the fact that the population continues to grow, hitting 1.21 billion people, GDP per capita has also grown from year to year.

So we are lifting people out of poverty but maybe too slowly. Although it is true that rich people are growing richer, I would not say that the poor are becoming poorer.

As India's neighbour, Pakistan, is in the grip of secessionists, what guarantee of stability can India give to the international community and in particular, the European Union?

The strategic partnership comprises two aspects: there are regional responsibilities as India is the largest country of South-East Asia, it represents 80% of the economy and 70% of the population among the seven countries, or rather eight, as Afghanistan has joined the regional association of the countries of South-East Asia.

India can play a very important role here and is beginning to do so. For instance, India offers asymmetrical benefits. That means that we do not demand reciprocity when we make trade concessions and offer relationships with other countries. And this is quite rare in international relations.

The second issue lies with the so-called global partnership. There are several questions on which one can share a strategic opinion with the EU, one of which is human rights – although with some caveats, as India is never very favourable towards military intervention, which is why we abstained at the UN Security Council over Libya.

Apart from human rights, there is also the environment, there are matters of global commons, like the Internet, cyberspace and cybercrime. We have a certain know-how and potential in this area, which is becoming ever more important in the 21st Century.

If you think about how to manage that in a globalising world, where we are all more linked than we used to be, I believe that India has the capacity and the will to act, which I believe is important for Europe.

India prefers assured independence and is not planning any fixed, long-term partnerships with other states…

A little like the France gaulliste! India is a democracy and is proud of that, but it does not consider it a must to join NATO or accept all the other decisions that Western democracies take.

We have our history, we were colonised, we have all the memories of 200 years of history that are very different from those of a Western democracy. And for us, democracy is a means to deal with internal affairs, but regarding our international position one must not forget our colonial history and consider our solidarity with third-world countries on matters of development.

Also, we should not forget our moral, spiritual and political values and the importance of preserving our country's diversity in the world. For instance, in this famous battle of civilisations, we are a country in which all civilisations coexist, all religions coexist.

Now we have a woman as our president, a prime minister who is Sikh, a Muslim vice-president. The party leader of the governing party is a Catholic of Italian origin and 80% of the country is Hindu. So we have all that, and we manage this diversity in a friendly manner, but we also offer the possibility to change things through the ballot box.

Could India teach Europe about managing diversity, as the 27-country bloc struggles to exist as a political entity?

The European experience varies from country to country. In France, for example, you have a large minority that is not of French origin and cannot recongnise itself in 'our ancestors, the Gauls'. France is surely much less religious than other countries. But I also notice reactions to that in Europe. In Switzerland there has been the referendum against minarets, in Germany there have been local protests against mosques.

In India, on the other hand, we tend to say that you can be who you want to be, behave as you choose, dress as you wish, wear external symbols of your faith, it is your choice. But you will have to coexist with others who also wear such symbols. And if you accept this principle for everyone, then you can see burqas in the streets, turbans and Western garb, you can see all of this in the streets of any Indian town.

Do you think Indians see Europe as a political entity?

We have relations with the member states of the EU and we tend to think that it is more useful to speak to Prime Minister Cameron or President Sarkozy – both of them came to visit three times over the course of the past four, five weeks – rather than speaking to Baroness Ashton who takes care of European diplomacy.

There are EU countries with whom we have real diplomatic relations that go back a long time in history. Because the European institutions do not have the same weight, we will of course prefer to deal with the governments.

Perhaps within a few decades, or a hundred years, we could imagine a Europe that would be more like India. Because the real comparison should be made between Europe and India, these are nations with diverse languages, different appearances, different customs and cuisines, and all of that coexists in the same geographical and economic space. India is essentially like that.

We speak of an Indian nation, but strictly speaking and in the Marxist sense of the term, this is a country, a nation that comprises several nations. And I think that we have had the great chance to create a single country from roughly 25 different peoples, from an ethnical, cultural and linguistic point of view. And Europe is trying to do that, but obviously, the process will be a little slower.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/global-europe/indian-mp-tharoor-europe-lecturing-india-interview-504062 

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Re-post: « Nos corps cachent un mystère » : le pape évoque la théologie du corps


Audience à l’Institut pontifical Jean-Paul II pour les études sur le mariage et la famille



ROME, Vendredi 13 mai 2011 (ZENIT.org) - « Nos corps cachent un mystère », a affirmé Benoît XVI en recevant ce vendredi au Vatican les participants à la rencontre organisée par l'Institut pontifical Jean-Paul II pour les études sur le mariage et la famille. Le corps n'est pas une matière « inerte, lourde » mais il parle « le langage de l'amour véritable », a-t-il ajouté en rappelant que c'est dans la famille que le langage du corps est préservé.

L'Institut Jean-Paul II a été voulu par le nouveau bienheureux il y a 30 ans exactement, « persuadé de l'importance décisive de la famille pour l'Eglise et la société ». « Il vous a confié, pour l'étude, la recherche et la diffusion, ses ‘Catéchèses sur l'amour humain' qui contiennent une profonde réflexion sur le corps humain », a rappelé Benoît XVI.

Dans son discours, le pape a rappelé que l'esprit habitait le corps. « Nos corps cachent un mystère. En eux, l'esprit se manifeste et travaille. Loin de s'opposer à l'esprit, le corps est le lieu où l'esprit peut habiter. A la lumière de cela, il est possible de comprendre que nos corps ne sont pas une matière inerte, lourde, mais parlent, si nous savons écouter, le langage de l'amour véritable ».

« Le corps, en nous révélant l'Origine, porte en soi une signification filiale, parce qu'il nous rappelle notre génération qui, à travers nos parents qui nous ont transmis la vie, tient de Dieu créateur », a ajouté Benoît XVI. « Ce n'est que quand il reconnaît l'amour originaire qui lui a donné la vie que l'homme peut s'accepter lui-même, peut se réconcilier avec la nature et avec le monde ».

« La chair, reçue de Dieu, est appelée à rendre possible l'union d'amour entre l'homme et la femme et à transmettre la vie », a encore affirmé Benoît XVI qui explique qu'avant la Chute, les corps d'Adam et Eve étaient « en parfaite harmonie ». « Il y a en eux un langage qu'ils n'ont pas créé, un eros enraciné dans leur nature, qui les invite à se recevoir mutuellement du Créateur, pour pouvoir ainsi se donner. Nous comprenons alors que dans l'amour, l'homme est ‘recréé' ».

« La véritable fascination de la sexualité naît de la grandeur de cet horizon qui s'épanouit : la beauté intégrale, l'univers de l'autre personne et du ‘nous' qui naît dans l'union, la promesse de communion qui s'y cache, la fécondité nouvelle, le chemin que l'amour ouvre vers Dieu, source de l'amour », a poursuivi Benoît XVI. « L'union en une seule chair se fait alors union de toute la vie, jusqu'à ce que l'homme et la femme deviennent aussi un seul esprit. S'ouvre alors un chemin où le corps nous enseigne la valeur du temps, de la lente maturation dans l'amour ».

C'est pourquoi, explique encore le pape, « la vertu de la chasteté reçoit un sens nouveau ». « Elle n'est pas un ‘non' aux plaisirs et à la joie de la vie, mais un grand ‘oui' à l'amour comme communication profonde entre les personnes, qui demande du temps et du respect, comme un chemin ensemble vers la plénitude et comme un amour qui devient capable d'engendrer la vie et d'accueillir généreusement la vie nouvelle qui naît.

La famille : le lieu où s'entremêlent la théologie du corps et celle de l'amour

Benoît XVI souligne aussi le « langage négatif » que contient le corps, fruit du péché : « il nous parle de l'oppression de l'autre, du désir de posséder et d'exploiter ».

« Toutefois, nous savons que ce langage n'appartient pas au dessein originaire de Dieu mais qu'il est le fruit du péché. Quand on le détache de son sens filial, de sa connexion avec le créateur, le corps se rebelle contre l'homme, perd sa capacité de faire transparaître la communion et devient un terrain d'appropriation de l'autre ».

« N'est-ce pas peut-être cela, le drame de la sexualité - s'est interrogé le pape - qui reste aujourd'hui enfermée dans le cercle restreint du corps et de l'émotivité, mais qui ne peut en réalité que s'accomplir dans l'appel à quelque chose de plus grand ? ».

Benoît XVI a enfin rappelé que le langage du corps était « préservé dans la famille ». « La famille, voilà le lieu où la théologie du corps et la théologie de l'amour s'entremêlent. C'est ici que l'on apprend la bonté du corps, son témoignage d'une origine bonne, dans l'expérience de l'amour que nous recevons des parents ».

« C'est ici que se vit le don de soi en une seule chair, dans la charité conjugale qui relie les époux », a-t-il conclu. « C'est dans la famille que l'homme se découvre en relation, non comme un individu autonome qui s'auto-réalise mais comme enfant, époux, parent dont l'identité se fonde dans l'être appelé à l'amour, à se recevoir des autres et à se donner aux autres ».

http://www.zenit.org/rssfrench-27902






« Le corps est l'endroit où l’esprit peut habiter »

« C’est seulement quand il reconnait l’amour originel qui lui a donné la vie, que l’homme peut s’accepter lui-même », se réconcilier avec « la nature et avec le monde ». Telle est la réflexion offerte vendredi matin par Benoît XVI en rencontrant les membres de l’Institut Pontifical Jean Paul II pour les études sur le mariage et la famille. Au cours de l’audience, le Pape a dit que « la force du péché ne parvient pas effacer le langage originel du corps », qui « porte en lui une signification filiale ». « La vraie fascination de la sexualité » trouve donc sa racine dans « l’univers de l’autre personne et du ‘nous ‘ qui nait dans l’union », dans « la voie que l’amour ouvre vers Dieu ». On comprend mieux, dans cette optique que « la vertu de la chasteté » ne représente pas un « non aux plaisirs et à la joie de la vie », mais un « oui à l’amour comme communication profonde entre les personnes, qui exige temps et respect ». Sans cacher « le langage négatif » du corps, celui qui parle « d’oppression de l’autre, du désir de posséder et exploiter », le Pape a rappelé que « Dieu offre à l’homme une voie de salut du corps, dont le langage est préservé dans la famille ». C’est en effet là que l’ « on apprend la bonté du corps », que « l’on vit le don de soi en une seule chaire », que l’on « expérimente la fécondité de l’amour, et que la vie se mêle à celle d’autres générations ».

 http://www.h2onews.org/francais/80-pape/224449166-«-le-corps-est-lendroit-ou-l’esprit-peut-habiter-».html#

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2011/may/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20110513_istituto_gpii_it.html