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Pope: Works without prayer are ‘sterile activism’

July 19, 2010

Reflecting upon the day’s Gospel reading (Lk. 10:38-42) during his July 18 Sunday Angelus address, Pope Benedict said that “listening to the Word of the Lord” is “the one thing that is truly necessary.”

The Pontiff said:

Christ's word is quite clear: no scorn for the active life, nor much less for the generous hospitality; but a plain reminder of the fact that the one thing that is truly necessary is something else: listening to the Word of the Lord; and the Lord is there in that moment, present in the person of Jesus! Everything else will pass and will be taken away from us, but the Word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily activity …

[T]he human person must work, must involve himself in domestic and professional concerns, to be sure, but he has need of God before all else, who is the interior light of love and truth. Without love, even the most important activities lose value and do not bring joy. Without a profound meaning, everything we do is reduced to sterile and disordered activism. And who gives us love and truth if not Jesus Christ?


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jul. 19, 2010 9:23 AM ET USA

    Amen to that! I hope our American priests and bishops are listening to the Holy Father and taking it to heart.