Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pope's Catechesis focuses on first part of Creed: 'I believe in God'

January 23, 2013. ( How do we live out our faith? To address that question, Benedict XVI explained that believing in God means allowing faith to “shape our thoughts and actions in accordance with God’s saving word.”

The Pope cited Abraham as an example because he allowed his faith in God to lead him into the unknown. He adds that by opening up to God, people are also opening up themselves to others.


"Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis for this Year of Faith, we now turn to the Creed, the solemn profession of our faith as Christians.  At the beginning of the Creed, we say “I believe in God”.  Faith is our response to the God who first speaks to us, makes himself known and calls us to enter into communion with him.

We hear God speaking to us in the Scriptures, which recount the history of his revelation, culminating in the coming of his Son, Jesus Christ.  A central figure in this history of revelation is Abraham, the father and model of all believers (cf. Rom 4:11-12).  Sustained by God’s blessing and trusting in his promises, Abraham set off into the unknown.

Like Abraham, we too are called to let faith shape our thoughts and actions in accordance with God’s saving word, even when this runs contrary to the thinking and ways of this world.  With the eyes of faith, we discern God’s presence and his promise of eternal life beyond the realities of this present existence.  In opening ourselves to God’s blessing, we become in turn a blessing for others.

During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I offer a warm welcome to the faculty and students of the Bossey Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies, with cordial good wishes for their studies.  I also greet the military chaplains from the United Kingdom recently returned from Afghanistan.  Upon all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Audience, including the pilgrim and student groups from the United States, I invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace."

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