Turning point: Bishop Georg Petzing of Limburg visits Montabor parish

Press release on 05/03/2022

It was cold in the shadow of the alarm pillar on the dome. The rain faded when pastoral officer Marcus Neust welcomed Bishop of Limburg Georg Betsing as a guest of honor to bless the new place of worship. Oliver Kremer’s solo trumpet opened his dedication to creativity, which was accompanied by the beating of woodpeckers.

Nine-year-old Linus Rickelkam asked Archbishop Petzing about his talents. (Photo: Ingie Rocco)

Montabor. The colorful group of participants reached the highest point in the Westerwald on foot, by bike, on foot, or even by car. The idea for this new outdoor place of worship came as a result of the joint tree-planting campaign of the WERT.VOLL.LEBEN network. Supporters of this cumulative and interdenominational network are the Catholic parish of the parishes of Sankt Peter Montabur and Stellsenbach, the Protestant Diocese of Montabor, the Union for the Conservation of Nature in Montabor and the surrounding area, the Neuhausil Forestry Office and the City and Community of Montabor. The head of the forestry department, Fredbert Ritter, first explained the causes of the climatic damage so visible from a forest point of view.

In his address, Bishop George Petzing praised the diverse network that fulfills the intention of Pope Laudato si. We have this one home together, no matter what we think, no matter where we live, no matter what we think. But we all have this common ground. We have, we keep, or we lose, and with it the living space for us, for our children and grandchildren, the future. Whether the impending tipping point of the climate catastrophe could have been prevented through human efforts is unclear to the Limburg sponsor. It was not decided that way. This requires great effort. It will mean that we will have to reduce our living conditions and our prosperity if the tipping point is to point in the right direction again and we can save our future and our living space. Archbishop Petzing thanked everyone who contributed to the creation of the new prayer place through their commitment: you are making a contribution so that the turning point becomes a turning point for the better.

The cross erected there, too, was not erected by chance. This fits with our landscape, fits with our culture. How often do we encounter crosses somewhere in nature? The cross is also a turning point. It symbolizes violence, hatred, the will to destroy and everything that lives in humans and cannot be eradicated. But it also symbolizes: nothing can be taken from us from what we have already given. This is what Jesus showed us. In this sense, the cross symbolizes a turning point: from night to day, from darkness to light, from life to death, from death to life. Petzing adds: So there is a turning point that says: The direction that God has prepared for us is clear. It goes in one direction. That is, towards life, trust, peace, justice, the preservation of this one nature and the future for all people.

In the afternoon, a children’s service team led by pastoral officer Inge Rocco invites a service on the topic of “talent” in a circus tent in the family holiday village of Hbingen. Sonja Thielecke introduced the successful new concept of the first company setup. We need each of you, everyone with a talent, Engy Rocco encouraged young and old participants in the fully occupied tent to develop the individual talents given by God. In keeping with the theme, Petzing answered a child’s question, What a bishop should be able to do: Not much, you just have to let people do something with their talents.

Apocalypse Pictures – This idea from the beginning of the day also guided the bishop’s thoughts during his sermon as part of the papal mass at St Peter’s Parish in Chains. Sometimes I think about it when I open the newspaper in the morning or when I see the news now, the pictures that come to us from Ukraine: these are horrific pictures. Cities that destroyed deserts. To find out that in this workshop, over there in Mariupol, hundreds of people have been underground with soldiers for weeks and don’t know if they can continue to live because they are surrounded by the Russian army

Petzing wished that the Christians who were celebrating would throw the anchor of our hope far enough to draw a line that would keep us, even in storms, through the hardships of our time. He did not hide the crisis of the Catholic Church. It is not only the great challenges of our time that we face, but also the annoyance, disappointment, and anger of situations in the church that trouble us. This prompts many of us, among relatives, friends, colleagues, and even the closest circle of employees, to separate from the church. Sometimes even, as they say: so that I may keep my faith.

But the church is not a happy society. It’s not just about getting along with each other, it’s about doing well, building something to be happy about, celebrating beautiful services and moving our faith. “Challenges Christians have to take on can sometimes be uncomfortable when it comes to life-protection issues at the beginning and end of life. Abortion is wrong. We don’t want suicide. We don’t want people to have to take our desires to accompany them until their last breath that they can live.”

Christians also have to be uncomfortable when it comes to climate protection and social justice: so that people can get their rights in this world. People who don’t have a voice, who don’t dare, people who don’t listen. This is also the tradition of the Risen One. In light of the frustration found in some of the conversations about what no longer works, the disappointment, Bitzing wishes everyone had a living relationship with Jesus not from the history books, but with someone who goes along with one’s personal life: just as one goes with friends and partner on the road. Every day, as usual, in the exercises of communication and trust, in the community, to which he leads us.

In conclusion, Petzing urged believers not to give up the relentless search for a better world, for a new world that Jesus had promised. (evening)


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