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February 29, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 9

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photo: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy, left, join other state legislators and public officials for Virginia Vespers held February 17 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy, left, join other state legislators and public officials for Virginia Vespers held February 17 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.

Virginians pray at Vespers seeking basic human rights for all

It is in growing to know more about the person and personality of Jesus that motivates many Christians to get involved in work which helps others attain basic human needs to which every man, woman and child has a right to by virtue of being created by God.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo gave this heart-felt message as homilist at Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, Feb. 17 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

With Governor Terry McAuliffe and his wife, Dorothy, present along with other state legislators, the Bishop was clear about why they had been invited to the service.

“It is important to be transparent, we’re not here to discuss an agenda or sell you an idea,” Bishop DiLorenzo said.

Asserting that Catholics have a communal belief in Jesus Christ as a person and his personality, he said that Jesus touched hearts and this helped establish discipleship.

“What is this personality?” Bishop DiLorenzo asked rhetorically. “Jesus is someone who has compassion. He saw people who had a need and he tried to address it.

“Jesus was loving. He tried to show love to every man, woman and child.”

Jesus’ death on the cross brought salvation to all humanity.

“When He was on the cross, He forgave those who crucified Him and for the sins of others,” the Bishop continued.

“He was gentle. He loved people and kids obviously loved Him.

“He was patient. He had a message and He was a savior who ran right into the religious establsihment at every turn.

“He was self-controlled. He was humble and wasn’t interested in power and seeking glory.”

“With this personality, Jesus invited all of humanity to have a relationship with Him,” Bishop DiLorenzo said.

“He had a pure heart and right motivation,” he explained.

photo: Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, left, was celebrant for the vespers service; Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, right, was the homilist.

Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, left, was celebrant for the vespers service; Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, right, was the homilist.

Acknowledging that Christians will not always be successful in accomplishing all that they hope to do, Bishop DiLorenzo said in the final analysis, legislators should ask themselves “Did you have the right motivation?”

He suggested that those who seek to address the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia should “have a pure heart and right motivation to solve sometimes what appear to be unsolvable problems.”

“For us as Catholics, we want to be in a right relationship with Jesus,” Bishop DiLorenzo said. “We want to be partners with whoever will join us to move forward.

“When we are judged, we will have to own up. Did we enter into a relationship with Jesus?

“He wants us to have a pure heart and work to help the needs of others.”

Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington was celebrant at Evening Prayer.

Lauren Tompkins, cantor, led the Psalmody, Canticle and Responsory alternating with the congregation in sung responses. Daniel B. Sañez, Director of Music and Liturgy at the Cathedral, provided musical accompaniment.

Both the Benedictine Choir of Benedictine College Preparatory School and the Honors Ensemble Choir of Saint Gertrude High School sang.

The event was the first of its kind and was prepared by the Virginia Catholic Conference.

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