» 02/01/2012, 00.00
Pope: We must learn to trust in Providence, God’s will
General audience, Benedict XVI speaks of Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane. In prayer there is the relationship of tenderness, affection and trust that binds Jesus to the Father, the knowledge of the omnipotence of the Father, full adherence to the will of the Father.
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.
The lights of Christmas, a reminder of the true Light
Benedict XVI urges parents to pass on to the next generation the true meaning of the festivity even though in our modern, consumer-oriented culture Christian symbols have tended to disappear from Christmas celebrations.
Violence, instrument of the Antichrist, dehumanizes humanity. Jesus begins new cult of love
Angelus, Benedict XVI explains that Jesus is not a political revolutionary. His zeal is not similar to that of the Zealots, but that of “love which pays in the first person”. With Easter Jesus inaugurates a new cult, that of love, and a new temple that is himself. Appeals for the people of Madagascar, hit by hurricanes and tropical storms that have left hundreds dead and over 300 thousand homeless.
Pope: May the pierced heart of Christ inflame the heart of every priest
Benedict XVI inaugurates the Year for Priests with Vespers of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Chris’s heart contains the revolutionary novelty of Christianity. Priests must contemplate his Heart in order to be his witnesses, and to learn the “pain of sins”. Veneration of the relics of Saint Jean Marie Vianney, the Curè d’Ars, to be imitated this year also in his devotion to Mary.
Pope: Jesus born in Bethlehem, a city of peace, is not a children's story
Benedict XVI invites us to look to Bethlehem, the city-symbol of peace, where peace has not yet been reached. But the birth of Christ is "the prophecy of peace for every man." Christians must become instruments and messengers of peace "with the sentiments of Jesus."
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