» 02/08/2012, 00.00
God is present even when he is “apparently silent”, says pope
In today’s general audience, Benedict XVI spoke about the prayer of the dying Jesus, of his cry “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He also called for prayers and solidarity for the victims of the cold snap that has recently struck some parts of Europe.
Pope: learn to be silent, to hear God's voice
In general audience, Benedict XVI traces the figure of St. Peter Damian. He highlights the great eleventh century monk’s lesson not to be overly absorbed by daily activities and problems of life, "forgetting that Jesus must be central to our lives."
Pope: God is present even in silence and listens in the darkness of our lives
General audience, Benedict XVI speaks of "the silence of Jesus." He greets the Armenian Catholic bishops in Rome for their synod, an invitation to hope for the peoples of the Middle East in their "severe suffering".
Pope: "we don’t listen to God because it would disturb us and so we remain indifferent to evil"
General audience, explaining the Easter Triduum, Benedict XVI focuses on the Gethsemane prayer and "sleepiness" of the disciples. Man "by his nature, tends to follow his own will and then oppose his autonomy” to the will of God. But this is wrong, the will of God" is not an opposition, it is not slavery, it is entering goodness ."
Pope: nurturing love in our Christian life, keeping our gaze fixed on Heaven
During the general audience, Benedict XVI introduces the figure of Saint Veronica Giuliani, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of her birth. In the life of the mystic, a Sister of the Poor Clares, "the experience of being loved by Christ, sincere and faithful husband, and of wanting to respond with passionate and enduring love."
Pope: seeing the beauty of God in the Church, not only the sins of men
To the faithful present at the general audience, Benedict XVI illustrates the figure of Germanus of Constantinople, an important patriarch during the period of the controversy of iconoclasm, and in Mariology. His teaching continues to invite people to follow Christ in order to become again the image of God, and love for the Church and for the beauty of the liturgy.
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