September 29, 2010.
Benedict XVI remembered the serious humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria. The Pope expressed his “spiritual closeness” to the two million made homeless after widespread flooding. He said he is also praying for Haitians still suffering from the recent earthquake there.
During the weekly audience, Benedict XVI highlighted the figure of St Matilda Hackeborn during his weekly catechesis on the lives of women saints.
St Matilda Hackeborn entered the convent of Helfta, Germany, at a very young age. There she excelled in her commitment to the contemplative life and was known for her warmth.Benedict XVI“This climate, along with the gift of divine illumination that she received through her mystical contemplation, enabled her to compose numerous prayers and be of counsel and consolation to many.”
Benedict XVI emphasized that the spiritual life of St. Matilda focused on personal prayer, in praying the Liturgy of the Hours and her intense love for the Mass.Benedict XVI“Saint Matilda’s life of prayer, guided by Sacred Scripture and nourished by the Holy Eucharist, led her to an intimate union with Christ, expressed in her devotion to his Sacred Heart. May we too grow in that devotion, through the power of her intercession.”
After blessing the more than 9,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI has returned to Castel Gandolfo to spend the last hours of his vacation at his summer residence. Tomorrow will return to Rome to resume his normal schedule.