· At the General Audience the Pope talks about the martyrdom of St John the Baptist ·
“With love for Christ, for his words and for the Truth, we cannot stoop to compromises”. According to the Pope this is the lesson that comes from the witness borne by St John the Baptist, who faced martyrdom witnessing “with his blood to faithfulness to God’s commandments, without giving in or withdrawing”. Benedict XVI spoke of this at the General Audience on Wednesday, 29 August, in Piazza della Libertà at Castel Gandolfo, where thousands of faithful from various countries had gathered. The Pope held up to them once again the figure of the Precursor as a “man of prayer” and a shining “guide” in the relationship with God. His earthly life, the Holy Father emphasized, shows that “Christian life demands, so to speak, the 'martyrdom' of daily fidelity to the Gospel, the courage, that is, to let Christ grow within us and let him be the One who guides our thought and our actions”. This can only happen on the basis of a solid relationship with God. “Prayer”, Benedict XVI explained, “is not time wasted, it does not steal room from our activities, even apostolic activities, but exactly the opposite is true: only if we are able to have a faithful, constant and trusting life of prayer will God himself give us the ability and strength to live happily and serenely”.
At the end of the Audience the Pope greeted a group of 2,600 altar servers who had come from France.
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