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Trust in God is rational, Pope reminds Sunday audience

January 04, 2010

At his first Sunday Angelus audience of 2010, Pope Benedict XVI told the faithful not to be troubled by “improbably prognostications and not even economic forecasts—important though they may be.” Instead, he said, Christians should trust in God.

This attitude is not “fatalism dress up as faith,” the Pope continued. Trust in God is based on a reasonable response to Revelation. In the light of the Nativity, we know that life is not a random event, he said. He explained, “history has a meaning, because it is inhabited by the Wisdom of God.” True happiness, the Pope said, comes when one “is able to collaborate with the grace of God.” Citing the Virgin Mary as the ideal example of such collaboration, he said that God “first knocks at the doors of our heart, and—so to speak—awaits our ‘Yes,’ in the little choices and in the great.” He concluded his remarks with a prayer that all Christians will do more to correspond to God’s will.


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