January 23, 2012
(Romereports.com) In his weekly catechesis, the Pope talked about the Creed and the power it holds in its first words: 'I believe in God.' The Pope explained what it actually means to say 'I believe.'
He reflected on this by saying
“At the beginning of the Creed, we say 'I believe in God'. Faith is our
response to the God who first speaks to us, makes himself known and
calls us to enter into communion with Him.”
on to say that in the Bible, Christians can read and understand
concrete ways in which faith helps people in their daily lives.
As an example, Benedict XVI talked about Abraham, who allowed his faith to lead him into the unknown.
Abraham, we too are called to let faith shape our thoughts and actions
in accordance with God’s saving word, even when this runs contrary to
the thinking and ways of this world.”
Towards the end of the general audience, Benedict XVI prayed for the people of Indonesia, where heavy floods have killed at least 20 people in Jakarta, and left thousands of others displaced.
want to express my closeness with the people who have been affected by
this natural disaster. They are in my prayers. I also call for
solidarity so that no one is left without necessary relief.”
group of Polish nuns sang for the Pope. Their rhythm catched on quickly
and eventually all the pilgrims in the Paul VI audience hall, clapped
their hands, and joined in.
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