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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

It is like having wings...

"It is like having wings." This is the way Pope Benedict XVI describes his faith, and the message of faith he wishes to convey to the youth gathered in Germany for World Youth Day. Here is an eloquent, yet simple, defense of the faith. Here is something to dwell on, whether youth or adult...

“ Holy Father, can you tell me what you would like to transmit to the youth of the world [during World Youth Day]? What is the main issue you would like to “bring about”?

Yes – I would like to show them how beautiful it is to be Christian, because the widespread idea which continues to exist is that Christianity is composed of laws and bans which one has to keep and, hence, is something toilsome and burdensome – that one is freer without such a burden. I want to make clear that it not a burden to be carried by a great love and realization, but it is like having wings. It is wonderful to be a Christian with this knowledge that it gives us a great breadth, a large community: As Christians we are never alone – in the sense that God is always with us, but also in the sense that we are always standing together in a large community, a community for The Way, that we have a project for the future - and in this way a Being which is worth believing in. This is the joy of being a Christian and is the beauty of believing.


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