Use summer rest for spiritual growth, Pope advises audience
CWN - August 09, 2010
At his Sunday audience on August 8, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the faithful to use the leisure of summer vacation time to enrich their spiritual lives.
“During these quiet days of summer let us thank the Lord for the many blessings we have received and draw ever closer to him in prayer, in fidelity to his commandment of love, and in communion with his Body, the Church,” the Pope said to the crowd that gathered for his midday audience in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.
Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading, and Christ’s admonition on the ephemeral nature of worldly possessions, the Pope said that the Lord’s message is not to scorn the goods of this earth. Rather, he said, it is “an invitation to use things without selfishness, without the thirst for possession or domination, but according to God's logic, the logic of attention to one’s neighbor, the logic of love.”
Looking forward to the feast days that the Church would celebrate during the coming week— St. Dominic, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), St. Lawrence of Rome, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Maximillian Kolbe-- the Pope remarked that they offered a variety of examples on responding to God’s logic of love.
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