Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pope: every priest must "make Mary part of the dynamism of entire existence"

» 08/12/2009 12:23

Benedict XVI, during the general audience, also expressed his closeness to the people of Taiwan, China, Philippines and Japan hit by a typhoon in recent days and asked for prayers and aid for the victims.

Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - There is a deep relationship, "a nexus" between the Jesus’ Mother and the priesthood, between Mary and all the priests who, like St. John, "are called to accept her into their home," which means "make her part of the dynamism of their entire existence, in all that constitutes the horizon of their apostolate. " This was Benedict XVI’s message on the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption, in this Year for Priests, to 4 thousand people in the inner courtyard of the papal palace of Castel Gandolfo for the general audience and to the thousands who, unable to fit into the inner courtyard, were in the square outside.

At the end of the meeting, the Pope also expressed his "spiritual closeness" to "many people in recent days that have been affected by the violent typhoon in the Philippines, Taiwan, in some provinces of south-eastern China and in Japan, a country, also tried by a strong earthquake”. “I call on everyone to pray for them - he added - and for those who lost their lives. I hope that the relief of solidarity and the help of material aid will not be lacking”.

Speaking to those present, the Pope also pointed to the mystery of the Incarnation, "God does not act against our freedom" and that when he decided to become man "he needed the yes of his creatures” he was “dependent on the yes of one of his creatures”.

See also from CNA, "Pope examines relationship of Mary to priests."

And from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Pope: God Does Not Act Against Our Freedom
August 12, 2009


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