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Catholic Culture:
Inspiration for Salvation

God Adonai Allah Alaha

God's strategy is Catholic culture = European archetypes + Greek philosophy + Roman law
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Scuola di Atene, The School of Athens, Raphael, 1509, Stanza della Segnatura, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican, Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat, Catholic Culture: Inspiration for Salvation, salvation-inspiration.com
Scuola di Atene, The School of Athens, Raphael, 1509, Stanza della Segnatura, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican, Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat, Catholic Culture: Inspiration for Salvation, salvation-inspiration.com

VISIT OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND TO THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Strasbourg, France, 25 November 2014

[Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish]

(...) "This loneliness has become more acute as a result of the economic crisis, whose effects continue to have tragic consequences for the life of society. In recent years, as the European Union has expanded, there has been growing mistrust on the part of citizens towards institutions considered to be aloof, engaged in laying down rules perceived as insensitive to individual peoples, if not downright harmful. In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and aging, of a Europe which is now a “grandmother”, no longer fertile and vibrant. As a result, the great ideas which once inspired Europe seem to have lost their attraction, only to be replaced by the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions.
Together with this, we encounter certain rather selfish lifestyles, marked by an opulence which is no longer sustainable and frequently indifferent to the world around us, and especially to the poorest of the poor. To our dismay we see technical and economic questions dominating political debate, to the detriment of genuine concern for human beings.[5] Men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that – as is so tragically apparent – whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the ill, the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.
This is the great mistake made “when technology is allowed to take over”;[6] the result is a confusion between ends and means”.[7] It is the inevitable consequence of a “throwaway culture” and an uncontrolled consumerism. Upholding the dignity of the person means instead acknowledging the value of human life, which is freely given us and hence cannot be an object of trade or commerce. As members of this Parliament, you are called to a great mission which may at times seem futile: to tend to the needs, the needs of individuals and peoples. To tend to those in need takes strength and tenderness, effort and generosity in the midst of a functionalistic and privatized mindset which inexorably leads to a “throwaway culture”. To care for individuals and peoples in need means protecting memory and hope; it means taking responsibility for the present with its situations of utter marginalization and anguish, and being capable of bestowing dignity upon it.
How, then, can hope in the future be restored, so that, beginning with the younger generation, there can be a rediscovery of that confidence needed to pursue the great ideal of a united and peaceful Europe, a Europe which is creative and resourceful, respectful of rights and conscious of its duties?
To answer this question, allow me to use an image. One of the most celebrated frescoes of Raphael is found in the Vatican and depicts the so-called “School of Athens”. Plato and Aristotle are in the centre. Plato’s finger is pointed upward, to the world of ideas, to the sky, to heaven as we might say. Aristotle holds his hand out before him, towards the viewer, towards the world, concrete reality. This strikes me as a very apt image of Europe and her history, made up of the constant interplay between heaven and earth, where the sky suggests that openness to the transcendent – to God – which has always distinguished the peoples of Europe, while the earth represents Europe’s practical and concrete ability to confront situations and problems.
The future of Europe depends on the recovery of the vital connection between these two elements. A Europe which is no longer open to the transcendent dimension of life is a Europe which risks slowly losing its own soul and that “humanistic spirit” which it still loves and defends.

Taking as a starting point this opening to the transcendent, I would like to reaffirm the centrality of the human person, which otherwise is at the mercy of the whims and the powers of the moment. I consider to be fundamental not only the legacy that Christianity has offered in the past to the social and cultural formation of the continent, but above all the contribution which it desires to offer today, and in the future, to Europe’s growth. This contribution does not represent a threat to the secularity of states or to the independence of the institutions of the European Union, but rather an enrichment. This is clear from the ideals which shaped Europe from the beginning, such as peace, subsidiarity and reciprocal solidarity, and a humanism centred on respect for the dignity of the human person." (...)

Pope Francis, European Parliament, 2014: "the ideals which shaped Europe from the beginning, such as peace, subsidiarity and reciprocal solidarity, and a humanism centred on respect for the dignity of the human person".  Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat
Pope Francis, European Parliament, 2014: "the ideals which shaped Europe from the beginning, such as peace, subsidiarity and reciprocal solidarity, and a humanism centred on respect for the dignity of the human person".  Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat

Your New Life
3 You were raised from death with Christ. So live for what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Think only about what is up there, not what is here on earth. 3 Your old self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. 4 Yes, Christ is now your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory. 5 So put everything evil out of your life: sexual sin, doing anything immoral, letting sinful thoughts control you, and wanting things that are wrong. And don’t keep wanting more and more for yourself, which is the same as worshiping a false god. 6 God will show his anger against those who don’t obey him,[a] because they do these evil things. 7 You also did these things in the past, when you lived like them. 8 But now put these things out of your life: anger, losing your temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and saying shameful things. 9 Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. 10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. 11 In this new life it doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, circumcised or not. It doesn’t matter if you speak a different language or even if you are a Scythian.[b] It doesn’t matter if you are a slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and he is in all of you.
Your New Life With Each Other
12 God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. 13 Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you. 14 Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful. 16 Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
Your New Life at Home
18 Wives, be willing to serve your husbands. This is the right thing to do in following the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be gentle to them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything. This pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, don’t upset your children. If you are too hard to please, they might want to stop trying. 22 Servants, obey your masters in everything. Obey all the time, even when they can’t see you. Don’t just pretend to work hard so that they will treat you well. No, you must serve your masters honestly because you respect the Lord. 23 In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. 24 Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master. 25 Remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong. And the Lord treats everyone the same. Colossians 3


God Adonai Allah Alaha
Young Catholics  WYD 2016 Krakow
"We show our love for God by obeying his commandments, and they are not hard to follow."
see 1 John 5:3
What do Christians believe?
We preach Christ crucified, a scandal to people of the Old Covenant and folly to all other peoples
Definition and Scope of Catholic Culture
There is no Christian without Jesus
The Face of God
Holy Name of Jesus
Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good
Liturgy and culture
The decisive and immortal deeds of Father Tadeusz Rydzyk (C.Ss.R), the Redemptorist




FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZBIGNIEW HALAT 
FOTO WROCŁAW WROCLAW, POLAND

Wroclaw, Poland, the capital of Polish Silesia proud of its Roman Catholic past, present and future

SEDES SAPIENTIAE WRATISLAVIENSIS

Vocazione di san Matteo - Powołanie św. Mateusza  - The Calling of St. Matthew

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, O.C.D. Roman Catholic nun, Virgin and Martyr
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How Edith Stein, a rebellious Jewish girl raised in Wroclaw
became a saint patroness of Europe and of World Youth Day


Ślęża - Maryjna Góra Pokoju
Sleza - The Marian Mountain of Peace
Sleza - La Montagna Mariana della Pace
Sleza - Mariánská Hora Míru
Sleza - Die Marian Berg des Friedens
Слеза - Марийная Гора Мира

Stations of the Cross Droga Krzyżowa Křížová cesta Kreuzweg
Przełęcz Tąpadła - Szczyt Ślęży


The Multiannual Wroclaw Festival of Integrity of the Human Person dedicated to St John Paul II
Motto: Time for Enlightenment in Europe

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Cross over the Catholicon.
The Cross of Golgotha - symbol of the efforts of unity in the community of Christian faith.
The Cross of Golgotha
- symbol of the efforts of unity in the community of Christian faith.

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