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Pope points to St. Paul's utter reliance on union with Christ

June 13, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of weekly talks about St. Paul’s teaching on prayer during his public audience on Wednesday, June 13.

In this Second Letter to the Corinthians, the Pope remarked, St. Paul did not attempt to establish his authority by listing his remarkable missionary accomplishments or recounting his heroic suffering. Instead “he pointed to his relationship with the Lord,” citing its intensity.

In fact, the Pope continued, St. Paul freely admitted his own inadequacies, and said: “I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

With this letter, the Pope told the crowd in the Paul VI auditorium, St. Paul taught “that all the difficulties we meet in following Christ and bearing witness to His Gospel can be overcome by opening ourselves trustingly to the action of the Lord.” He put the early Christian community on notice that “it not the power of our own means that creates the Kingdom of God, but God Who works miracles through our very weakness."

"In a world in which we risk relying only on the power of human means, we are called to rediscover and bear witness to the power of prayer,” the Pope said.


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