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Resisting the Cross means resisting Christ, Pope reminds audience

August 29, 2011

“Thinking as the world thinks is setting God aside, not accepting his plan of love,” Pope Benedict XVI told his midday audience on Sunday, August 28.

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus told his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer and die, the Pope said that the disciples’ resistance was the same as the reaction of the many Christians who are not ready to accept the Cross. The Pope reminded his audience that Jesus instructs all his followers to pick up the Cross. Resisting that challenge means rejecting Christ, the Pontiff said: “When the fulfilment of one's life is geared solely to social success and to physical and financial well-being, one no longer reasons according to God but according to men.”

After reciting the Angelus, the Pope welcomed several groups attending the audience at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, including a delegation of seminary students from the North American College. He urged the American seminarians: “Do not be afraid to take up the challenge in today’s Gospel, to give your lives completely to Christ.”


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