» 03/29/2006, 00.00
Communion is a divine gift in a world that suffers from divisions and solitude, says Pope
It is the light that makes the Church sparkle as a risen sign amongst the peoples", a "wonderful creation of love "in spite of all human frailties".
Pope: without solidarity, the Eucharist is "abused"
In order to be part of the new beginning of history marked by Jesus, proclamation and the sacraments are necessary. In mission, it is ultimately God who speaks. Baptism is not a "cosmetic operation," but "death and resurrection." Marriage is "a union made indissoluble by grace."
Pope: Spirit pushes Christians towards love, communion and hope
At the general audience, Benedict XVI illustrated the teachings of Paul about the third person of the Trinity, who does not only urge mission and communion but moves in the innermost personality of Christians.
Pope: "Stop communion with those far from saving doctrine"
The Church is "love", but it is also "truth", and the successors of the Twelve are called upon to be "guardians" and "witnesses" of the "deposit of love given to the Church, as they are ministers of the charity revealed and given by the Lord Jesus".
Pope: world is full of dangerous powers, but united with Christ we fear nothing
Illustrating the letters of St. Paul to the Ephesians and to the Colossians, Benedict XVI stresses that Jesus "is above every hostile power." The Church is the "bride" for whom he gave his life and of whom he is "the head." He is also master of the cosmos.
Pope: the Christian does not want the end of the world, but the end of injustice
Continuing to illustrate the thought of St. Paul, Benedict XVI speaks of the "expectation of the Lord's return." This does not justify lack of interest in what is around us. The attitude of the Christian "concerning the last things."
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