· Benedict XVI in Loreto entrusts to Mary the Year of Faith and the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelixzation ·
Without him man risks making selfishness prevail over solidarity, material things over values and having over being
In Loreto, following in the footsteps of John XXIII, Benedict has entrusted to the Blessed Virgin the Year of Faith and the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization. This morning, Thursday, 4 October, on the 50th anniversary of the historic pilgrimage of Pope Roncalli to the Shrine of Loreto, the Pope went to the town in the Marches to venerate Mary, the “living house” of the Incarnate Word, remembering in particular that “where God dwells, all are 'at home'”. Mary, the Pope said, opens “to us the door to her home, she helps us enter into the will of her Son”. But all too often people today are afraid that the Lord's presence may curtail their freedom. This is an unfounded fear, because God “liberates our liberty”, he repeated, “from being closed in on itself, from the thirst for power, possessions, and domination; he opens it up to the dimension which completely fulfils it: the gift of self, of love, which in turn becomes service and sharing”.
“God” he reasserted, forces no one, indeed “God asks for mankind's 'yes', he has created a free partner in dialogue”.
Mankind's adherence entails an answer similar to the “yes” of Mary, which is the “fruit of divine grace”. But “grace does not eliminate freedom; on the contrary it creates and sustains it”.
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