Turning point for good

It was humid and cold in the shadow of the Koppel alarm column. However, the morning drizzle faded when pastoral officer Marcus Neust welcomed Bishop Georg Patsing of Limburg as a guest of honor to bless the new place of worship. The colorful group of participants reached the highest point in the Westerwald on foot, by bike, on foot, or even by car. Oliver Kramer’s solo trumpet opened with a dedication to creativity, which was accompanied by the vocalization of woodpeckers beating.

The idea for this new outdoor place of worship came as a result of a joint tree-planting campaign of the Wert.Voll.Leben network. Supporters of this ecumenical and non-denominational network are the Catholic parish of St Peter Montabur and Stelzenbach, the Protestant Diocese of Montabor, the Nature Conservation Association of Montabor and the surrounding area, the Neuhausl Forest 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 perspective.

Bishop George Patsingh, in his address, praised the diverse network that fulfills the papal nickname “Laudato si”. “We have this one home together, no matter what we believe in, no matter where we live, no matter what we believe in. But we all have this common foundation. 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 be prevented through human efforts is unclear to Limburg’s main sponsor. “It wasn’t decided that way.” This requires great effort. “It will mean that we have to reduce our living conditions as well as our prosperity if the tipping point is to point in the right direction again and we can save our future and our living space.”

Bishop Batzing thanked everyone who contributed to the creation of the new place of prayer with their commitment: “You make a contribution so that the turning point becomes a turning point for the better.”

The cross was not erected there by chance either. “It fits with our landscape, it fits with our cultural space. How often do we come across crosses somewhere in nature?! The cross is also a turning point. It symbolizes violence, hatred and the will to destroy, it symbolizes everything that lives in human beings and it is clear that it cannot be eradicated. But it also symbolizes: Nothing can be taken from us of 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. So there is a turning point that says: The direction God has prepared for us is clear. It goes in one direction. That is, in The direction of life, trust, peace, justice and the preservation of this one nature and the future for all people.

In the afternoon, the children’s service team about pastoral officer Inge Rocco invited a service on the topic of “talent” in a circus tent in the family holiday village of Hoppingen. Sonja Thielecke introduced the successful new concept of preparation for First Communion based on the biblical ideal of the talents she freely narrated in the circus arena. Inge Rocco encouraged the participants young and old in the fully occupied tent to develop individual talents given God: “We need each of you, and each one has a talent.” In keeping with the theme, Bätzing answered a child’s question about what a bishop should be able to do: “Not much at all. You just have to let people do something with their talents.”

Apocalypse Images – 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 church in Kiten. “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 are the ruins of deserts. Knowing that in this workshop in Mariupol, next to the soldiers, there were hundreds of people Underground for weeks and I don’t know if they are allowed to continue living because they are surrounded by the Russian army.”

Batzing wished that the Christians who were celebrating would throw our “anchor of hope” far enough “to pull the line that would hold us back, even in storms, in the hardships of our time.” He did not hide the crisis of the Catholic Church. “It is not only the great challenges of the time we face but also the annoyance, disappointments, and anger at situations in the Church that trouble us. This causes many of us, among relatives, friends, colleagues, and even from the closest circle of staff, to separate from the Church. Sometimes, as They say: So that I can keep my faith.

The church is not a happy group. “It’s not just about getting along with one another, that we’re doing a good job, that we build something that we’re happy with, that we celebrate church services that look beautiful and move our faith.” Christians can also sometimes be uneasy 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 commit suicide, we want to accompany them until their last breath so they can live.”

Christians should also feel uncomfortable when it comes to climate protection and social justice: “So that people can get their rights in this world. People who have no voice, who do not dare, people who do not listen. This is also the tradition of the Risen Ones. “.

In light of the frustration found in some conversations about what no longer works, the disappointment, Bätzing wishes everyone had a lively relationship with Jesus not from the history books, but with personal life: “Just as you do with friends and partner is on the way. Daily, usual , on exercises of communication and trust, in the society into which he leads us.”

In conclusion, Batzing called on believers not to abandon the relentless search for a better world, for a new world that Jesus had promised.

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