At the end of last Thursday’s General Audience, the Holy Father Benedict XVI greeted young, sick, and newlywed people, saying the following regarding Advent: "I urge you, dear young people, to live this 'intense period' with vigilant prayer and ardent Apostolic action."
Advent, like Lent, is a "strong" liturgical time in which the Church makes it her duty to propose specific tasks that accompany the faithful as concrete acts to help us in our journey of interior renewal. So for instance, on his 2008 Lent message, the Holy Father underlined the following:
“We must decide not to make an idol out of material riches, Jesus confirms this need in a very resolute way: "You cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13).
"Almsgiving helps us to overcome this constant temptation, teaching us to respond to our neighbors’ needs and to share with others whatever we possess through divine goodness. This is the aim of the special collections in favor of the poor, which are promoted during Lent in many parts of the world.
"Inward cleansing is accompanied by a gesture of ecclesial communion, mirroring what already took place in the early Church. In his letters, Saint Paul speaks of this when mentioning the collection for the Jerusalem community (cf. 2 Corinthians 8-9; Romans 15:25-27)."
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