O Radix Jesse!

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare.

[O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come, to deliver us, and tarry not.]

We await the coming of the Lord, who has been rooted in Creation since the beginning of time, and who sprung from the root of Jesse. May he be equally rooted in our life and become the tree of our salvation.

The Holy Father tweets again

pope twitter A week after his first foray onto Twitter, Pope Benedict XVI sent out two more tweets today. This time around they are not answers to questions posed by his followers, but reminders related to our faith life.

In today’s first tweet, he said,

“Everyone’s life of faith has times of light, but also times of darkness. If you want to walk in the light, let the word of God be your guide.”

Being a person of faith is no guarantee for an easy life. There will still be difficult times, but faith gives us a road sign back to the light. This is the word of God, which can be our guide as we live our lives as Christians.

The second tweet is about the other side of the coin: not the difficult times, but the joy that naturally flows out of a relationship with the Lord.  This joy transcends mere feelings of happiness, as we see in the Blessed Virgin: it transforms her entire life and being.

“Mary is filled with joy on learning that she is to be the mother of Jesus, God’s Son made man.  True joy comes from union with God.”

EDIT: In addition to the languages he tweets in now, Pope Benedict XVI will also start using Latin and Chinese for his tweets.