02 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 02/27/2011, 00.00

    VATICAN

    Faith in providence is not fatalism, does not exempt from commitment, says Pope



    “We cannot serve two masters, God and wealth.” Putting the search for the Kingdom of God in first place should lead to an existence based on “a simpler and more sober lifestyle, the hard work of every day and respect for creation, which God put into our care.”

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Those who believe in God should trust Providence and put the search for his will in first place, ahead of the desire for material goods. Yet, this is not “fatalism”. Although it “does not exempt from the hard struggle for a dignified life”, it should lead to an existence based on “a simpler and more sober lifestyle, the hard work of every day and respect for creation, which God put into our care”.

    Pope Benedict XVI offered this lesson to the 30,000 people gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Angelus, as he commented a passage from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus urged his disciples to trust the providence of the heavenly Father, who feeds the birds in the skies, and dresses the lilies in the fields, and knows our needs.  

    “Given the situation of many people, near and far, living in poverty, a remark like this by Jesus appears to be unrealistic, if not oblique,” the Pope said. “In reality, the Lord wants us to understand clearly that we cannot serve two masters, God and wealth. Those who believe in God, a Father full of love for his children, must put the search for his Kingdom and his will in first place. This is the opposite of fatalism and naïve irenism. Faith in providence does not exempt from the hard struggle for a dignified life. Instead, it frees from the concern for things and fear of tomorrow.”

    “It is clear that a teaching like this from Jesus, whilst always true and valid for everyone, is practiced in different ways according to various vocations of people. A Franciscan friar might be able to follow it in a more radical way, whilst a family man would take into account his duties towards his wife and children. In any event, Christians are recognisable by their absolute trust in the heavenly Father, as did Jesus. It is the relationship with the God Father that gives meaning to Christ’s life as a whole, to his words and acts of salvation, until he underwent his passion, death and resurrection. Jesus showed what it means to live with one’s feet on the ground, attentive to our neighbours’ concrete situation, whilst at the same time holding our heart in Heaven, immersed in God’s mercy.”

    “In light of God’s word on this Sunday, I invite you to call on the Virgin Mary using the title of Mother of Divine Providence,” Benedict XVI said by way of conclusion. “To her, we trust our life, the Church’s journey and the events of history. In particular, we call for her intercession so that we may learn to live according to a simpler and more sober style, the hard work of every day and respect for creation, which God put into our care.”

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    04/07/2010 VATICAN
    Like Mary and St Peter Celestine, we bear witness to the Gospel in a simple, sober life, Pope says
    Benedict XVI visits Sulmona and the places where Pietro da Morrone lived 800 years ago as a hermit. He later became pope under the name of Celestine V. We need a sober life to be free in mind and spirit and share what we have with our fellow men. The life of prayer is tied to the passion of the announcement.

    07/09/2008 VATICAN
    Pope: laypeople needed to evangelize the world of work, the economy, politics
    On a pastoral visit to Sardinia for the hundredth anniversary of the shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria, on the eve of the feast of the birth of Mary, Benedict XVI stresses her role in the divine plan of Redemption. May Mary give "suppport, comfort, hope" to all the mothers of the world.

    02/02/2010 VATICAN
    Religious give themselves freely and with love in a society ruled by the ephemeral and the useful
    Thousands of monks and nuns celebrated with Benedict XVI the Feast Day of the Presentation, World Day of Consecrated Life. May those who choose this path “keep alive the experience of God’s forgiveness because they are aware that they have been saved.”

    03/02/2013 VATICAN
    Pope: investing in life and family an effective response to current crisis
    At the Angelus, Benedict XVI marks Day for Life celebrated today in Italy. "The true prophet obeys no other than God and places himself at the service of truth, ready to pay in first person. It is true that Jesus is the prophet of love, but love has its own truth. Indeed, love and truth are two names for the same reality, two names for God. "

    07/02/2010 VATICAN
    Pope: Priests, men, poor and weak, transformed into fearless preachers of salvation
    In the Year for Priests we must pray for priests and for those who are called to the vocation of total consecration. He recalls the Day for Life in Italy and for the "Week of life and family" in Rome. On 11 February, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the pope will celebrate Mass with the sick in the Basilica of St. Peter.



    Editor's choices

    VATICAN
    Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card



    In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.


    IRAN
    Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®