» 12/16/2007, 00.00
Pope : if Christmas joy is not in anticipation of Christ then it too can be wrong
During his Angelus, Benedict XVI recalls that the joy of Advent lies in our awaiting the coming of the Savoir and we should take our example from Mother Teresa. It is not the fruit of a culture which has transformed happiness into an idol and finds its emblematic effect in the search for pleasure at all cost.
Pope: closeness of God is not physical or temporal, but "of love"
Benedict XVI blesses the "infants" for Nativity scenes brought by the children of Rome, and offers the prayer: Open our hearts / that we may receive Jesus in joy / always do what he asks / and see him in all those / who are in need of our love.
Pope: true religion consists in love of God and of neighbour
Before the recitation of the Angelus, Benedict XVI emphasised the meaning of the citation, made twice by Jesus, of a phrase of the prophet Hosea: "I desire love, and not sacrifice".
Pope: the "talents" that Christ has given us are multiplied when given away
Benedict XVI urges the faithful not to forget the gift of the faith, and not to be afraid of God, but to offer and share the gift given to us by Christ, which is He himself. Acknowledgment of religious who live in cloistered contemplative prayer. All are called to support them in their material needs. Their presence in the world is "indispensable."
Pope: prayer for Alexy II. The Church as "sentinel" for salvation of poor and oppressed
Benedict XVI asks all to pray for the patriarch of Moscow, in union with "our Orthodox brethren." Advent recalls that "Christian hope goes beyond the legitimate expectation for social and political liberation, because what Jesus began was a new humanity, which comes from God." Encounter scheduled with university students of Rome.
Pope: Christmas, the solstice, and astronomy
Benedict XVI recalls that the feast of the Nativity of Christ is celebrated in conjunction with the winter solstice, and that it has a "cosmic dimension." A greeting to all of those involved in the worldwide year of astronomy, a science respected and practiced by many popes as well.
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