Skip to content

Pope Encourages Study and Imitation of the Saints

By
8/21/2008 (8 years ago)
Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)

The Pontiff recalled how Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote that the saints are the most important Gospel commentary and represent for us "a real path of access to Jesus."

Highlights

By
Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)
8/21/2008 (8 years ago)

Published in Christian Saints & Heroes


CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Zenit) - Benedict XVI says it is important and advantageous to cultivate devotion to the saints, and recommends vacation as a good time to study their lives.

The Pope said this today at the general audience, during which he reflected on several saints whose feastdays are celebrated in these weeks. He mentioned Sts. John Eudes, Bernard of Clairvaux, Pius X, Rose of Lima, and the celebration of the Queenship of Mary.

"Dear brothers and sisters," he said, "day after day the Church offers us the possibility to walk in the company of the saints."

The Pontiff recalled how Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote that the saints are the most important Gospel commentary and represent for us "a real path of access to Jesus."

And he noted how Jean Guitton described saints as "'the colors of the spectrum in relation with the light,' because with their own hues and accents each one of them reflects the light of God's holiness."

"How important and advantageous, therefore, is the determination to cultivate the knowledge and devotion of the saints, together with the daily meditation of the word of God and filial love for the Virgin," the Bishop of Rome affirmed.

Universal

Benedict XVI went on to note that saintliness is a universal call.

"The period of vacation is certainly a useful time to review the biography and writings of some men or women saints in particular, but each day of the year offers us the opportunity to become familiar with our heavenly patrons," he said. "Their human and spiritual experience shows that holiness is not a luxury, it is not the privilege of a few, an impossible goal for a normal man.

"In reality, it is the common destiny of all men called to be children of God, the universal vocation of all those who are baptized. Holiness is offered to all."

The Holy Father said the testimony of the saints shows that "only when one is in contact with the Lord, is one full of peace and joy, and in this way it is possible to spread everywhere serenity, hope and optimism."

Finally, he expressed his hope that the faithful allow themselves "to be attracted by the supernatural fascination of holiness. May Mary, Queen of all saints, Mother and refuge of sinners, obtain this grace for us."


Comments


More Christian Saints & Heroes

Bet you didn't know these 10 things about St. Patrick and Ireland!

Image of Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

The most kids know of St. Patrick 's Day is that you must wear green or you'll get a pinch from your friends. Adults see the day as an ... continue reading


Here are more interesting facts about St. Patrick's Day few people know Watch

Image of The shamrock is a well-known symbol of Ireland.

Here are some more little-known facts about St. Patrick's Day. 1.    The Irish began celebrating St. Patrick's Day as early ... continue reading


Saint Patrick, the superhero Watch

Image of Saint Patrick is a genuine hero, having changed the world for the better thanks to his devotion to God.

In the middle of the 5th century, the Irish king Niall of the Nine Hostages led raids into Roman Britain. His warlords took captives as ... continue reading


Quotes of the Saints - Five saints have a message for you on this Thanksgiving holiday Watch

Image of Let us remember to give thanks for this day the Lord has made.

If you are an American, today is Thanksgiving. Hopefully today you have made a point to attend Mass and to give thanks to God for all His ... continue reading


St. Ignatius of Antioch: Model of Bravery, Man for our Times Watch

Image of One of many icons of St. Ignatius of Antioch

In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.