Thursday, November 27, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI Teaches Us the Love of Christ

Christian love is so demanding because it springs from the total love of Christ for us: this love that demands from us, welcomes us, embraces us, sustains us, even torments us, because it obliges us to live no longer for ourselves, closed in on our egotism, but for "him who has died and risen for us" (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:15). The love of Christ makes us be in him this new creature (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17), who enters to form part of his mystical body that is the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI
Weekly Audience from St. Peter's in Rome
November 26, 2008

In this year dedicated to St. Paul Pope Benedict XVI each Wednesday gives a teaching on the letters of St. Paul in the New Testament. His teaching yesterday was especially moving to me. Some day soon may all the world be filled with the knowledge of the love of Christ!

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