The Holy Father met with a group of pilgrims from Traunstein, Bavaria last week and he offered these words:
Even then, though, we can remain joyous and human -- but only if heaven is open for us, only if we can be strengthened in the certainty that God loves us in full, that God is good and, through this, in the certainty that it’s good to be human....
You see what is missing? Defensiveness. This is how you evangelize, by presenting the Gospel as beautiful, by telling a culture that tends to value only the independence of its members, that if we cling to God and surrender our independence to Him, we are saying "yes to life," and by insisting that we be tolerant and open with each other because all are borthers and sisters in the common Fatherhood of God.
I just love Pope Benedict.
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