» 06/18/2008, 00.00
Today’s Christians must pray but also dedicate themselves to action, says Pope
In today’s general audience Benedict XVI looks at the figure of Isidore of Seville. He highlights the saint’s encyclopaedic culture and his teaching about the need for the right mediation between the desire for the contemplative life and the duty to dedicate oneself to the service of others.
“True hope” comes from the “desire for God,” says Pope
In today’s general audience Benedict XVI describes the figure of Saint Gregory the Great, “one of the greatest in the history of the Church,” a key player in the evangelisation of the new Europe and in reaching peace with the Longobards, a “man immersed in God’ who was always “close to his fellow man and to the needs of the people of his time.”
Pope: Saint Augustine, model of a conversion "that lasts a lifetime"
Benedict XVI concludes the cycle of reflections on the figure of the bishop of Hippo by emphasising his journey toward knowledge of God, and highlighting his own "personal devotion and gratitude" toward this "passionate seeker of truth" who influenced his life as "priest and theologian".
Pope: Roman primacy is "necessary" in the Church, today as in the past
Illustrating at the general audience the figure of St Leo the Great, Benedict XVI again asserts the purpose of the primacy of the bishop of Rome and recalls how at the time of the undivided Church he was also recognised by the Eastern bishops.
“Without God man loses his greatness,” says Pope
During Wednesday’s general audience, Benedict XVI talks about Saint Gregory of Nazianzus. He highlights that man is valued and discovers “true humanism” only in his relationship to God. Benedict XVI directs his attention to young people, the sick and newly weds.
Pope: Faith and reason must be harmonised, they are not opposed
At the general audience, Benedict XVI continued to illustrate the figure of Saint Augustine, emphasizing his unyielding efforts in the search for truth, and the meaning, in this context, of the statements "believe in order to understand", but also and inseparably, "understand in order to believe".
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