VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named Monsignor Grzegorz Kaszak, currently rector of the Pontifical Polish Ecclesiastical Institute, as secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Monsignor Kaszak represented Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of that Vatican dicastery, at the 4th World Congress of Families, which took place last May in Poland.

Monsignor Kaszak replaces Bishop Karl Josef Romer, who recently turned 75.

Pope John Paul II instituted the Pontifical Council for the Family in 1981, replacing the Committee for the Family established by Pope Paul VI in 1973.

The council oversees the promotion of the pastoral ministry and apostolate of the family, in application of the teachings and guidance of the ecclesiastical magisterium, with the aim of helping Christian families accomplish the educational and apostolic mission to which they are called.

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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The hour of death will come upon us, it will come, and we shall not escape it. May the prince of this world and of the air (cf. John 14:30; Eph. 2:2) find our misdeeds few and petty when he comes, so that he will not have good grounds for convicting us. Otherwise we shall weep in vain. 'For that servant who knew his lord's will and did not do it as a servant, shall be beaten with many stripes' (cf. Luke 12:47).

St. Hesychius the Priest