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SAINT WISDOM: Benedict XVI ( Corpus Christi homily May 26, 2005)

Loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, you move hearts that are harder than rock, you melt spirits that are colder than ice, and you reach souls that are more impenetrable than diamonds

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Discouraged No More

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4: 16-18) Lord, how I long for you to take my heart and make it like yours, abandoned to the Father's will. When facing trial, persecution, and suffering, especially in the garden, knowing the suffering He willed for you (cf. Isaiah 53), in anguish, you asked to be freed from it. You know my weakness following you to Calvary, especially how often I become discouraged and despondent when I look at my sins in the failure of my marriage and the absence of our sons and daughters from the Eucharist, the Medicine of Immortality. As St John Paul II said, I quickly become discouraged by my weaknesses and failures. Help me to keep my eyes

Corpus Christi Procession Prayer

In his June 2006 homily for the Solemnity of the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ Pope Benedict XVI concluded with this thought and prayer:

On the feast of Corpus Christi, we especially look at the sign of bread. It reminds us of the pilgrimage of Israel during the 40 years in the desert. The Host is our manna whereby the Lord nourishes us - it is truly the bread of heaven, through which he gives himself.

In the procession, we follow this sign and in this way, we follow Christ himself. And we ask of him: Guide us on the paths of our history! Show the Church and her Pastors, again and again, the right path! Look at suffering humanity, cautiously seeking a way through so much doubt; look upon the physical and mental hunger that torments it! Give men and women bread for body and soul! Give them work! Give them light! Give them yourself! Purify and sanctify all of us! Make us understand that only through participation in your Passion, through "yes" to the cross, to self-denial, to the purifications that you impose upon us, our lives can mature and arrive at true fulfilment. Gather us together from all corners of the earth. Unite your Church, unite wounded humanity! Give us your salvation! Amen.

Corpus Christi Procession with Pope Gregory XVI in the Vatican
Corpus Christi Procession with Pope Gregory XVI in the Vatican (Ferdinando Cavalleri)

ACTS 4:11-12

"This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among human beings by which we must be saved."