Benedict XVI: there is need in the Church for the humility to accept also small roles. Humility is the first virtue, which offers freedom in truth. translation from report Armin Schwibach.
Rome (kath.net/as) Every year at the beginning of Lent, Pope Benedict XVI meets with the clergy of his Diocese on this Thursday morning. Also this year the meeting takes place in the audience hall of "Paul VI" at the desire of the priests in the framework of "lection Divina" rather than a free speech. The "lectio" is inspired by a section from a letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (Eph 4: 1-16)
I therefore, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called: With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 One body and one Spirit: as you are called in one hope of your calling.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all. But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive: he gave gifts to men. Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens: that he might fill all things. And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors: For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Until we all meet into the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ: That henceforth we be no more children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the wickedness of men, by cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive. But doing the truth in charity, we may in all things grow up in him who is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body, being compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itself in charity. [Douay-Rheims]
The great suffering, which has been endured by the Church in Europe and in the West, consists in a lack of vocations, said Benedict XVI. The Lord therefore calls everyone. For that it is necessary to hear this call. The natural disposition of a priest is to be humble, mild and big hearted, because: "If I am humble, then I will also have the freedom to oppose myself to the prevailing thinking." This humility empowers the priest to seek the truth. Therefore it would e necessary to accept small roles in the Church, have have, however, great value in the eyes of God.
"I must accept my small position in the Church", said the Pope. The vain ostentation of those who do not teach this, finally oppose Him himself, and causes unhappiness. The humility on the other hand leads, not to walk into appearances, but in deeds, "what God had considered for me and what for me is the part of Christian realism". False humility on the other hand leads to the destruction of the unity of the Church. To respect yourself and the other are two things which belong together. It is in that which consists the "great harmony of the Church and creation: that every one else is as the other."
The humble man obtains the freedom, in the name of truth to meet with those who are related to him. The opposite of humility -- the pride -- is then the root of all sins, which consist, in a desire to stay in the midst of the world. Christian being means, to resist this temptation, to have humility before all others means a life lived in truth, which says: "Only in my smallness can I be great".
Another great problem in the Church in today's times consists in "religious Analphabetism". It is necessary to include the content of the Faith, the Pope cautioned, this is "not in the sense of a parcel of Dogmas." Most of all, it must be done so that the priest can renew and make enable himself to meet Christ.
Many describe themselves as "worldly Catholics", in so far as they may have emancipated themselves from the Magisterium of the Church. Actually, however, this is not the outcome of a "worldly Faith", rather a dependence upon the world. True emancipation means much more, said Benedict XVI, pointedly, "free yourself from this dictatorship of opinion and believe in the Son of God". Only in this way "is one able to find an answer to the challenges of our time."
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