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  February 9, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
Archbishop Allen Vigneron: The transition from Oakland to Detroit Excerpts from Archbishop Vigneron’s installation homily

Archbishop Allen Vigneron blesses the congregation as he leaves Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at the conclusion of his installation, Jan. 28, as the archdiocese’s fifth archbishop. His vestments bear the coat of arms of the archdiocese which was created by Pope Pius XI in 1937. The Diocese of Detroit was established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1833.
GREGG McINTOSH PHOTO/the MICHIGAN CATHOLIC

Below are several excerpts from Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s homily delivered during his installation liturgy, Jan. 28, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

On this first day of my service as the principal pastor of the Church of Detroit, I renew my resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to preach and to teach and, above all, to live this wisdom, the revealed wisdom of Christ crucified, entrusted to the Church and handed on to us by the Apostles and their successors.

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The wisdom of divine love in this world will, as St. Paul says, appear to be foolishness to those who do not have faith. For those who do not recognize that Christ crucified is the ultimate manifestation of divine love, his death cannot but seem to be an absurdity. However, those who think like God, those who, by the light of the Holy Spirit, understand God the way he understands himself, recognize that the impotence of Christ, freely willed for love of us, is the act of the wisest man, for it is the act of divine wisdom itself.

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The truly wise thing is to commit one’s self to loving to the end. This wisdom is the measures of all our thinking and acting which aspires to be truly wise.

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This wisdom of total abandonment to God and his will for us does not direct us to turn our backs on the events and circumstances of this age. Rather, it teaches us to see that the trials and triumphs of our times are guided by our Heavenly Father’s loving Providence, and that they are opportunities to grow in love by responding to these events with the love that is born of complete trust in God. This wise love is our main source of strength in these challenging economic times.

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Now there remains nothing for us but to remember the death and resurrection of the Lord in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. According to the Father’s plan, it was not enough to show us divine love itself in the Son’s Pasch, but he has willed to make the Paschal Mystery present to us through sensible signs and, even more wondrously, to make him our food and drink in this Most Blessed Sacrament.

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