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Polish Priest Named Family-Council Secretary

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

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Beheading

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, * but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough, * for you were shown to be truly more honorable than the prophets, * in that you were deemed worthy to baptize in the currents the Lord whom you had proclaimed. * Wherefore, having struggled with joy for the truth, * even to those in Hades you proclaimed God, Who had appeared in flesh, * Who takes away the sin of the world * and grants us great mercy. (Troparion - Tone 2)

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

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's divine plan * that he might proclaim the coming of the Savior even to those in Hades. * So let Herodius weep for having demanded a lawless murder; * for she loved neither God's Law nor eternal life,* but only this false and fleeting life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

As long as the flesh is in full health, let us observe abstinence at all times and in every place. When it has been tamed (which I do not suppose is possible this side of the grave), then let us hide our accomplishment.

St. John Climacus, "The Ladder of Divine Ascent,
STEP 14: On That Clamorous Mistress, the Stomach