Posted June 24, 2010 in The Pope's Corner:
In This Time of Crisis

by Pope Benedict XVI.

In our times, marked by uncertainty and concern for the future, we especially need to experience the living presence of Christ. It is Mary, Star of Hope, who leads us to him….

There is at this time a spreading social and financial crisis that involves the whole world, a crisis that asks for greater moderation [in lifestyle] and for solidarity from all….

Everyone’s collaboration is necessary, for no one can think of building his own happiness alone…. If people look only to their own interests, our world will certainly fall apart….

Although many clouds are gathering on the horizon of our future, we must not be afraid. Our great hope as believers is eternal life in communion with Christ and the whole family of God. This great hope gives us the strength to face and to overcome the difficulties of life in this world.

The motherly presence of Mary assures us that God never abandons us if we entrust ourselves to him and follow his teachings….

Let us present to Mary our expectations and hopes as well as our fears and the difficulties that dwell in our hearts, with filial affection and trust.

She, the Virgin Mother, offers us the Child … as our sure hope….

Excerpted from a homily at First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, December 31, 2008.


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