Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Follow St. Theodore's example to escape poverty and selfishness, Pope advises

Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican City, May 27, 2009 / 09:56 am (CNA).- In Wednesday's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI continued with his series of teachings on the great writers of the Eastern and Western Church by turning his attention today to St. Theodore the Studite, a Byzantine monk from the eighth century. Pope Benedict urged modern day Christians to follow the saint's example to combat poverty and to avoid spiritual self-centeredness.

Pope Benedict XVI began his weekly catechesis by telling the more than 15,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square about the early life of the great reformer of monastic life.

St. Theodore, the Pope recounted, was born in 759 to a noble and pious family and entered the monastery at the age of twenty-two. But his life was far from a quiet one.

He vigorously opposed the iconoclastic movement and as a result, was put on trial and imprisoned. He died on November 11, 826 and is a saint both for the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

Theodore, the Holy Father said, “characteristically insisted on the necessity of order and the monks submission

See also from Asia News, "Pope: without respect for common good, society cannot function."

And from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Benedict XVI: St. Theodore humanized the workplace


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