» 01/31/2007, 00.00
Holiness is in conversion and repentance, not in never making mistakes, says Pope
In today’s general audience address, Benedict XVI talks about Saint Paul’s “collaborators”. “The apostle was open to the collaboration” of men and women, a sign that the “Church is one”.
Pope: a spiritual leadership is needed for all, especially for the young
Illustrating of Simeon the New Theologian, Benedict XVI stresses the importance of his reflections on the mystical experience of God. True knowledge of God comes not from books but from spiritual life. Love of God makes us consider over selves brothers and invites us to respond to hatred with love, to offenses with forgiveness.
Pope: The Eucharist is not a "rite of socialization," in it Jesus is truly present
Recalling the figure of Rupert of Deutz, the twelfth century Benedictine monk, in the general audience, Benedict XVI stresses that "when disputes arise in the Church, reference to the Petrine ministry gives guarantee of fidelity to the teaching and gives serenity and inner freedom."
Pope: St Paul teaches salvation is for all as God is God of all
Upholding the Apostle to the nations, Benedict XVI started another cycle of catechesis dedicated to men and women "who dedicated their lives to the Gospel and to the Lord".
Christianity “is not an easy path” but a “demanding climb,” says Pope
In discussing Saint Paul’s Christology, Benedict XVI highlights the central nature of the resurrection without which Christianity would be “absurd.” The Apostle’s respect for the tradition indicates that theologians “do not create new visions” but help understand the reality of the Resurrection.
Christianity not born from a myth but from a meeting with Jesus, says Pope
As he continues his reflections on Saint Paul, Benedict XVI stresses the importance the Apostle gave to the Risen’s earthly life and to his faithful adherence to what he learnt about him. This is evidence of the error made by those who claim that Paul was the founder of Christianity.
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