Interview from Bishop Dominique Rey
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1st question: What is the connection, in your opinion, between mercy and adoration?
Bishop Dominique Rey: Today, our hyper-materialistic western world lives in a permanent and almost schizophrenic contradiction. Forgetting or even denigrating what is the essence of the human born of God. From this merciful God of whose adoration is the most formidable and most exciting of antidotes against the evils of the century.
Enterprises primarily seek the conditioning of the human who has become the consumer. They no longer sell products of food but of nutrition, nor vehicles but rolling things more concerned for comfort, nor cosmetics but solutions to make us feel better in ourselves etc ... Politicians have their eyes on polls and only have one idea: to please their voters. We spend our time conversing, exchanging, sharing our emotions through social networks in a pseudo solidarity. We want to give our input at any time into a semblance of democracy. We are in the civilization of well-being, of the terrifying concept of care that should make us happy. And yet never has our French society also been so gloomy or depressed. Rampant consumerism and the "do whatever you want" of May 1968 have made us forget that we are children of a loving Father who repeats to us today: "Think where you were before you fell; repent, and behave as you did at first"Apocalypse of St John, 2:5.
How, for example, can we explain when young people baptized at age 15/16 can convert to radical Islam and by the age of 18 become jihad and commit acts of atrocious barbarism if not by the spiritual vacuum generated by our decadent society? How can we not see that our time, subject to the joint dictatorship of the emotional and relativism (everyone thinks as he wants), has in fact lost its bearings and the sense of living together. In fact, this loss of meaning is a waste of our filiation to our heavenly Father who tirelessly awaits us to grant us his mercy. After this terrible situation, my answer is that the Father is waiting for us at the place of mercy, the monstrance where Jesus, who gave his life for us, is enthroned. And that it is in Adoration that Jesus wants to renew us in restoring our affiliation so that with him, we cry out again Abba (Father). This is why Adoration and Mercy are inextricably linked: I receive mercy from the Lord whom I love, as Mary Magdalene did, in order to live it and carry it to the world.
2nd Question: Saint Mary Magdalene is the patroness of the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon?
Mary Magdalene is a saint for our century. Contrary to what is often written, she was not a prostitute from lower-classs Jerusalem. If she was how could she have been received at the house of an upper-class Pharisee? She was a cultured woman who had inherited her parents possessions in Magdala. A free and rich woman, Mary Magdalene was known as a public sinner. But her life did not make her happier than are our stars of today. Being aware of this spiritual emptiness, she came to see Jesus to be freed from seven demons that were destroying her existence. She knelt down in front of him with a look that reflects the thirst to be truly loved and no longer only for her beauty. The glowing gaze of love of Jesus will purify and renew her entirely: it is the act of the purest Adoration.
The diocese of Fréjus-Toulon is placed under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. According to tradition and history, Mary Magdalene ends the last thirty years of her earthly life in a grotto at Sainte-Baume. She received the Viaticum from St. Maximin and was buried in the place which will become Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume. A basilica was erected in her honor. In this place of pilgrimage known as the third tomb of Christendom where so many popes, kings, prelates, princes, politicians, inventors have come to recollect themselves, Mary Magdalene intercedes in a particular way, granting graces of mercy and renewal in Eucharistic zeal and of course evangelization.
The tangible and illuminating presence of Mary Magdalene in the territory of the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon makes her a natural patron all-round.
3. In practice, how will this Congress unfold?
The "Missionaries the Most Holy Eucharist" have invited outstanding speakers who all had an amazing encounter with Divine Mercy. Teachings punctuate the days and great witnesses enliven the evenings by sharing their experiences. Prolonged times of Adoration and a very high standard liturgy allows everyone to dwell in the love of Christ ... The congress will take place during the traditional celebrations of St. Mary Magdalene. The precious relics of the Saint will be carried in procession in the town of Saint-Maximin. The day of July 22, will take place at Sainte Baume with a pilgrimage to the sacred grotto of Mary Magdalene.
Bishop Dominique Rey
Participants will be housed by their own means. A catering service will be offered. All information is available on the website www.adoratio2015.com