Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pope's words on the Immaculate Conception

Photograph of the flowers laid at the foot of the statue of the Immaculate Conception in the Piazza di Spagna by the Pope today - from a source "close to the throne".

from CNS
"The mother of God teaches us to open ourselves to the action of God, to see others as he sees them -- starting from the heart. And to look upon them with mercy, with love (and) with infinite tenderness, especially those who are most alone, despised and exploited," the pope said.

Rome, like any big city, is filled with people who are invisible until some scandal lands them on the front page of the newspaper or the television news where they are "exploited to the very end, as long as the news and images attract attention," the pope said.

"It is a perverse mechanism, which unfortunately is hard to resist," he said. "The city first hides people, then exposes them to the public -- without piety, or with false piety."

But within each person, the pope said, there lies a strong desire "to be accepted as a person and considered a sacred reality because every human story is a sacred story and requires the utmost respect."

Pope Benedict said that with so many stories of evil and scandal filling the news, it's easy for people to think those things only happen to others. But the little good or little evil that everyone does has an influence on others and contributes to the overall tenor of society, he said.

"Often we lament the pollution of the air, which in certain parts of the city is impossible to breathe. It's true, the commitment of everyone is necessary to make the city cleaner," he said.

"But there is another kind of pollution, less perceptible to the senses, but just as dangerous. It is the pollution of the spirit; it makes our faces less smiling, darker, and stops us from greeting each other and looking each other in the eyes," Pope Benedict said.

The pope said that on the day dedicated to remembering how Mary was preserved from sin, he wanted to honor the many citizens "who have understood that it is useless to condemn, complain and recriminate, but better to respond to evil with good."

"This changes things; or better, it changes people and, consequently, improves society," he said.


The Bones said...

They are wonderful words from the Holy Father.

me said...

The Pope's a really nice man, isn't he? I mean, I always thought or heard(from the stricter sounding Catholics)that he was a little coolish in his teachings,almost annoyed with us all, apart from a few, but these words are so compassionate and yet a call to be the best we can be too. I like it! I mean, I would try and obey whatever my inclinations but it's always good to hear a heart felt human plea. I'm glad he's our Pope. God bless him.

Richard Collins said...

Shadowlands, if you have not read his encyclical, Spes Salvi, please do. It is full of love and compassion for all mankind and a wonderful reflection on a great Pope.

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