Pope Benedict Reflects on Confidence in God's 'Yes' to Mankind



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ABSTRACTZENIT - Faith is a "Free Gift of God" Indexed Archive | Advanced Search | The World Seen From Rome Zenit? All about Zenit Testimonies Services Conditions of use How is Zenit financed Prizes and Recognitions Faqs Identity and Organization Technical Problems Receive zenit Subscribe by Email Unsubscribe Gift-Subscriptions Zenit in RSS Zenit on your Web Conditions of use Problems receiving Zenit Support zenit Send a donation How is Zenit financed Legal Status Participate Help Zenit Spread Zenit Give the gift of Zenit Recommend Zenit Contact us FAQ Identity and Organization Technical Problems Advertising Contact us English > See information Why I support ZENIT... SEND DONATION ZE12053010 - 2012-05-30 Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-34875?l=english Faith is a "Free Gift of God" Pope Benedict Reflects on Confidence in God's 'Yes' to Mankind By Ann Schneible VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2012 ( Zenit.org ).-  "God, on the other hand, never tires of us; He never tires of being patient with us, and with His immense mercy He always goes before us; He goes out to meet us first; His “yes” is entirely worthy of our trust." Pope Benedict spoke these words during his weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square, where he offered a reflection on the letters of Saint Paul, and the role of prayer as a means of personally encountering God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul, said the Holy Father,  "Paul suffered great tribulation and had to pass through many difficulties and afflictions, but he never yielded to discouragement, for he was sustained by grace and by the nearness of the Lord Jesus Christ, for whom he had become an apostle by surrendering his entire life to Him." It is for this reason, the Pope continues, that Paul begins the second letter to the Corinthians  "with a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to God -- for there was never a moment in his life as an apostle of Christ that he felt the support of the merciful Father, of the God of all consolation, lessen." " ̎In the prayer of blessing that introduces the Second Letter to the Corinthians, what prevails in addition to the theme of affliction is the theme of consolation, which should not be understood as simple comfort, but rather as encouragement and exhortation not to let oneself be conquered by tribulation and difficulties.  The invitation is to live every situation in union with Christ, who takes all of the world’s suffering and sin upon Himself in order to bring light, hope and redemption." The Christian life, as well, is often wrought with difficulties, confusion, and suffering. Nonetheless,  "In being faithful to our relationship with the Lord through constant, daily prayer we too are able to feel concretely the consolation that comes from God. And this strengthens our faith, because it makes us experience concretely God’s “yes” to man, to us, to me, in Christ; it makes us feel the fidelity of His love, which extends even to .......