Benedict XVI reflected on the Our Father when he prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.He explained that Jesus, when asked to show his disciples how to pray did not offer strange or esoteric formulas, but with great simplicity said the our Father.
“We are in no way already complete as sons of God, but we must more and more become so and be so through our ever deeper communion with Jesus” he said, “Being sons becomes equivalent to following Christ”.
The Our Father also incorporates and expresses human material and spiritual needs, he noted, “It is not an asking to satisfy one’s own wants”, he explained, “but rather to keep alive one’s friendship with God, who -- the Gospel always says -- “shall give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for him!”
“It was experienced by the ancient “Desert Fathers” and contemplatives of every age, who through prayer, became friends of God, like Abraham, who implored the Lord to save the few just people from the extermination of the city of Sodom.”
“Each one of the faithful must try to seek and can find in the truth and wealth of Christian prayer, taught by the Church, his own way, his own style of prayer … he will thus let himself be guided … by the Holy Spirit, who leads him, through Christ, to the Father” CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 25, 2010
The holy Father was saddened by the tragedy that occurred in Duisburg, Germany, where many young people were killed; he commended the dead, the injured and their families to the Lord in prayer. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 25, 2010
Benedict XVI is working on the third and final volume of his book "Jesus of Nazareth" During this time of rest. This volume will consider Jesus' childhood; Vol. 2 on the Passion and Resurrection is currently being translated and prepared for publication. A video clip from the Vatican Television Center offers an inside look at Benedict XVI's time of "rest" at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 25, 2010
On the feast of Jesus' grandparents: Joachim and Anne, Benedict XVI joined with the faithful celebrating Grandparents' Day. At a celebration in Jaen, Spain, a papal message was read after a Mass celebrated by Bishop Ramón del Hoyo López.
"The Holy Father, appreciating the religious, spiritual, human and social wealth of grandparents, is happy to join in this gesture of affection and gratitude to them and encourages them to persevere in the faith, giving meaning with the light of Christ the Lord to all the moments of their lives." the message says and ends with the prayer that the Lord will help grandparents "with his providence and mercy" and imploring for them "the protection of the holy grandparents Joachim and Anne, and of their daughter, the glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ Our Lord." ROME, JULY 26, 2010
The pope named three new members to the Congregation for Saints' Causes: Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, 74, who has been serving for the past year as major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, 62, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature and Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz, 74, dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. VATICAN CITY, JULY 26, 2010
A prayer for the Holy Father
Christ Jesus, King and Lord of the Church, in your presence I renew my unconditional loyalty to your Vicar on earth, the Pope. In him you have chosen to show us the safe and sure path that we must follow in the midst of confusion, uneasiness, and unrest. I firmly believe that through him you govern, teach, and sanctify us; with him as our shepherd, we form the true Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Grant me the grace to love, live, and spread faithfully our Holy Father’s teachings. Watch over his life, enlighten his mind, strengthen his spirit, defend him from calumny and evil. Calm the erosive winds of infidelity and disobedience. Hear our prayer and keep your Church united around him, firm in its belief and action, that it may truly be the instrument of your redemption. Amen.
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