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'Peace of Christ' flows from victory over sin, Pope tells Sunday audience

CWN - April 16, 2012

At his midday audience on April 15, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI said that the peace of Christ is “the fruit of his victory over evil.”

After his Resurrection, the Pope remarked, Jesus frequently greeted his disciples by saying, “Peace be with you.” That peace, the Pontiff said, is a gift that only Jesus can give, because is comes from his willingness to “spill his blood as a mild and humble lamb.”

Christ’s gift is also evident in the sacraments, the Pope said. The sacraments, he added, are personal encounters with Jesus, similar to the encounters of the disciples with Jesus after his Resurrection. Through these sacraments, he observed, the faithful “have the same experience as the disciples: to see Jesus and at the same time not to recognize Him.”

At the conclusion of his Sunday audience, the Pope alluded to the fact that the next day would be his 85th birthday, and asked the faithful to “pray for me, that the Lord may give me the strength to carry out the mission with which He has entrusted me.”

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