Wednesday, August 24, 2005

From the Pope's WYD Homily

Here's a small part of Benedict's homily to the masses on Sunday. Keep in mind that when he told us, essentially, that "cafeteria Catholicism" is no good, the whole place started cheering and chanting, "Benedetto!"

"Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on. In vast areas of the world today there is a strange forgetfulness of God. It seems as if everything would be just the same even without him. But at the same time there is a feeling of frustration, a sense of dissatisfaction with everyone and everything. People tend to exclaim: "This cannot be what life is about!" Indeed not. And so, together with forgetfulness of God there is a kind of new explosion of religion. I have no wish to discredit all the manifestations of this phenomenon. There may be sincere joy in the discovery. Yet if it is pushed too far, religion becomes almost a consumer product. People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it. But religion constructed on a "do-it-yourself" basis cannot ultimately help us. It may be comfortable, but at times of crisis we are left to ourselves. Help people to discover the true star which points out the way to us: Jesus Christ! Let us seek to know him better and better, so as to be able to guide others to him with conviction."


At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becky--I can't think of a better post to add my own first post to. This part of Benedict's homily was one of the most touching parts for me by far. He is so right that sometimes religion just seems foreign to people and I am confused when people who don't know God seem to have everything together. But everyone is facing the question of "is this what life is all about?" and it is obvious that only Christ who is a strong rock of love can be the answer.

What beautiful wisdom to start the year! Thanks for reminding me of this passage.


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