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The seed of new life

· Spiritual Exercises in the Vatican in the presence of the Pontiff ·


In our suffering and dying in total solidarity with Christ, a seed of life has been planted, a seed of resurrection and the beginning of redemption. Easter reveals this radical turn of suffering and human death. The third meditation of the Spiritual Exercises was given by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, to the Roman Curia on Wednesday afternoon, 20 February. Cardinal Ravasi spoke about a theme which sooner or later hits home for each of us: “the suffering man”. In the presence of Benedict XVI, the Cardinal drew on two Suffering Servant Psalms: one of a suffering man and the other of a lonely person, “aware that every physical and psychic pain is a universal anthropological experience, a more radical and intimate expression of evil”.  The wide range of syndromes cross all the prayers of the Psalms which are realistic and display sincerity and freedom. From them clearly emerges “a paradigm of the body, a sign of carnal prayer”.

Cardinal Ravasi paused also to discuss “man without God” in the second meditation of the morning, drawing on the famous book “The Imposter” by Georges Bernanos to reflect on absence and nothingness.

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