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God has our interests at heart

RIMINI (SE): “God has our happiness at heart,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his welcoming message to the participants at the annual ecumenical gathering of representatives from 120 denominations at Rimini in Italy in early August.

He begins by proposing a riddle, asking if maybe it is structurally impossible for people to live up to their own human nature.

However, he notes that this question can be put in another way, saying that it is thirst for the infinite which never seems to be satisfied, so it can be asked if this is not a condemnation to misery.

In order to respond to this question, Pope Benedict encouraged participants to reflect on life as a vocation in which everything, every relationship, every joy, as well as every difficulty finds its ultimate meaning in being an opportunity for relationship with the infinite, a voice of God that continually calls to us and invites us to lift our gaze, to find the complete fulfillment of our humanity in belonging to God.

He says that living with this attitude means that nothing is banal or insignificant, and this is the message given to us by God when he sent his only-begotten son to assume our nature so as to draw us to the heights of the divine life.

The pope assured the gathering that if we look at life in this context, there is no need to be afraid. “Do not be afraid of what God asks of us,” he says. “Though the circumstances of our lives, were it even the dedication of ourselves in a special form of imitating and following Christ, in the priesthood or religious life.”

Pope Benedict says that reflecting on this theme together can give an insight into the true importance of such example.

He says, “In calling some to live totally for him, God calls everyone to recognise the essence of our own nature as human beings. We are made for the infinite.”

He says that this is the road to human fulfillment and this is what God desires for everyone.

He encourages the participants in the Rimini gathering, “To enter in and to remain in the gaze of the faith that characterised the saints, in order that we may be able to discover the good seed that the Lord scatters along the path of our lives and joyfully adhere to our vocation.”


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