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Pope: “Man’s biggest temptation is to remove God” – Vatican insider 27th February, 2012

St. Peter’s Square
During his recital of the Sunday Angelus, Benedict XVI reminded how Christians need to practice penitence and prayer and how the Father reveals himself in unexpected ways. The week of the Curia’s spiritual exercises begins
Vatican Insider Staff
Rome

“I also commend to your prayers the week of Spiritual Exercises that I begin this evening with my collaborators of the Roman Curia.”

This was Benedict XVI’s address to faithful,before the Angelus, announcing the beginning of the Lent retreat he will take part in together with the Curia’s clerics starting from 6pm today until next Saturday in the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Apostolic Palace. This year the, for the very first time, Pope has chosen n African cardinal from the Congo, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa, to give a sermon on the subject of “The Communion of a Christian with God.”

During the Angelus, the Pope commented on this Sunday’s Gospel passage, about Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert “The temptation to remove God, to order our lives and the world on our own, relying solely on our own abilities.”

Addressing the crowd in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said “The desert … may indicate the state of abandonment and loneliness, the “place” of man’s weakness where there are no supports and certainties, where temptation becomes stronger.”

“But,” he added, “it may also indicate a place of refuge and shelter, as it was for the people of Israel who escaped from slavery in Egypt, where we can experience the presence of God in a special way.”

Today’s passage according to Ratzinger teaches us that “as long as he lives, man is never wholly free from the temptation … but with patience and true humility we can become stronger than any enemy.” “Patience and humility” he explained with great fervour “ to follow the Lord every day, learning not to build our lives outside of Him, as if he did notexist, but in Him and with Him, because He is the source of true Life.”

He invited people to have faith in God and to yield every day their lives to his will, turning each action and thought towards Good. Benedict XVI then remarked that “The season of Lent is a time to renew and strengthen our relationship with God through daily prayer, acts of penance, works of fraternal charity.”

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February 27, 2012 - Posted by | Catholicism, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, God, Lent, married couples, Pope Benedict XVI, Presence of God, Singles, Vatican, Youth

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