Great Jubilee News
MIAMI'S ARCHBISHOP PASTORAL LETTER CALLS TO HOLINESS
DURING JUBILEE
Miami, 26 (NE) "The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000" is the title of the last Pastoral Letter by
Archbishop John. C. Favalora of Miami, written on occasion of the Holy Year. After a brief
exposition of the history of the Jew and Christian Jubilees, Archbishop Favalora recalls that "for
Christians the beginning of the Third Millennium is an opportunity to celebrate the mysterious
love of God for His Creation, His sending his only Son to live within this creation."

The year 2000 is "more than just an historic achievement in time". It is the "commemoration of
the accomplishment of our salvation by Jesus Christ our Redeemer," he stated. The Prelate
emphasized that "this is a year to renew our faith in Christ," and to "renew our hope that God,
through the Holy Spirit present within us, will renew the face of the Earth."

The Archbishop of Miami recalled the situation of a "world frequently confused by the distortion
of truth" and that "continues darkened by the culture of death." He then explained that this "Great
Jubilee gives us the opportunity to commit ourselves again to a greater sanctity of life." He
presented a "very simple plan" that includes prayer, sacramental life and formation in faith, with
the conscience that the "first step for an effective proclamation of the Gospel is the personal
renewal of each of us." He also exhorted to a greater experience of charity and justice, and a
greater work in the defense of life. "I beg you all, dear brothers and sisters, to take this Jubilee
Year in serious, that is, to daily and fully receive Christ in your everyday life," concluded
Archbishop Favalora. 

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