Benedict XVI prays penultimate Angelus: “The time of testing is here, let us focus on God again”


During today’s Angelus prayer Benedict XVI spoke about Jesus’ temptations before a crowd of 50 thousand faithful, asking them to “Pray for me and the next Pope”


“The time of testing is here. We must not use God for our own ends.” Resignation is a testimony of faith. “Don’t be afraid” “to fight the evil spirit,” what is important is that we do it alongside Christ the Victor,” the Pope said during today’s Angelus before a crowd of 50 thousand faithful, urging them to turn to “the Mother Mary.” “Let us trust in the intercession of the Virgin Mary in this time of testing, “ he added. “Through her we will feel the powerful presence of his divine Son, so we may ward off temptation with the Word of Christ and place God at the centre of our lives.” We must reject the false images of the Messiah as Jesus did when faced with the temptations “the Temptor presented him with,” the most serious of which is “using God for one’s own ends,” Benedict XVI said during the course of the Angelus prayer.

“When he began his public ministry – the Pope remarked – Jesus had to unmask and dismiss the Temptor’s false portrayal of the Messiah. But these temptations – he added – are also a false portrayal of man, which threaten our conscience, disguised as proposals that seem convenient, efficient and even good.”

Then came an even stronger statement: “The Temptor is devious: he does not push us towards evil directly, but towards a false good, making us believe that the real things that matter are power and whatever satisfies our primary needs,” the Pope said speaking about the temptations the Devil presented Jesus with. “ Those who do not know Benedict XVI and the laws of the Catholic Church that well were left rather confused. But as one gets to know his personality better and becomes more familiar with Canonic law, one is better able to understand the Pope’s decision to step down from the papacy,” Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said, answering some questions on Catholic television programme “A Sua Immagine”(“In His Image”) on Italian TV station Rai 1.

Fr. Lombardi said that Benedict XVI’s was “a responsible act of government that was taken for the good of the Church.” Tens of thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to attend Benedict XVI’s second-to-last Angelus before he formally resigns on 28 February. Via Conciliazione in Rome has been blocked off since this morning, with a strong police presence to monitor the entire surrounding area. It was estimated there were over a hundred thousand faithful at the Angelus around midday. Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno was also present. There was a constant flow of faithful entering the square and numerous faithful and tourists queued to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. Traffic police and normal police guarded the area and hundreds of television cameras representing TV stations from all around the world were pointed at the Holy See.

Faithful will pronounce a special prayer for Beneddict XVI in churches across all of Rome’s dioceses. The prayer session was promoted by Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini and is a chance for the dioceses of Rome to thank their bishop. The director of the Liturgical Office of the Vicariate of Rome, Fr. Giuseppe Midili, explained the meaning of this initiative to Vatican Radio: “The initiative was introduced by the Cardinal Vicar and auxiliary bishops to give faithful a chance to express their support, affection and above all communion through prayer to their bishop. So we thought of putting together one single text that can be read out in all Eucharistic celebrations taking place in churches throughout the diocese this Sunday, to communicate a moment of communion.” “It is important we show our closeness to Benedict XVI in this delicate and unusual moment,” as “it is a wish that comes from the heart: he certainly stood as an example and a model for all of us; an example of the ability to face up to situations that form part of our daily lives, of the ability to look critically at one’s own life and to respond to one’s own vocation in a full and conscious manner.”

A difficult legacy, marked by a divided Vatican and the opportunity that lies ahead for Benedict XVI’s potentially international successor. These are the two points which international press has focused on today in their analysis of Benedict XVI’s resignation, underlining the challenges that lie ahead for the new Pope (from recovering credibility to the ordination of women).

“Last Wednesday’s traditional rite of ashes marked the beginning of Lent, a time of conversion and penitence in preparation for Easter.” “The Church – Benedict XVI stressed – which is our mother and teacher, calls all of its members to renew their spirit and focus their attention on God once again , renouncing pride and selfishness, in order to live in love.” “In this Year of Faith – the Pope said – Lent is the ideal time to rediscover our faith in God as the basis of our lives and the life of the Church. This always means putting up a fight, a spiritual battle, because the evil spirit is naturally opposed to our sanctification and tries to make us deviate from God’s path.”

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The Time of Testing Is Here

By Richard C. Cook

While skeptics mockingly point out that the “end of the world” has been prophesized over and over again for centuries with nothing happening—the latest being Y2K, they say, and another likely bust coming up when the calendar hits 2012—it’s obvious that mankind faces an increasingly unsustainable future.

The world’s economic, technological, agricultural, and political systems are breaking down. While the causes are debated, it’s certain that the human assault on the natural world has wiped out vast numbers of species and polluted the land, the air, and the oceans. After the past 100 years of history, with two world wars and low-grade but vicious warfare going on almost continuously somewhere in the world since World War II ended, it seems impossible for human beings to live together in a state of harmony either among ourselves or with the planet we call home.

Are we at “the end of the age?”

In social life, the overriding characteristic of our era is the increasing division in the world between haves and have-nots, masters and slaves, controllers and controlled, rich and poor. The power of the wealthiest class of people has never been so great. The weapons of mass destruction they–and the armed forces who work for them–monopolize have the force to destroy the earth many times over.

Teachings of peace, tolerance, charity, which have always received lip service, lack efficacy. Such teachings increasingly count for nothing. Organized religion, done in by its own transgressions and lack of transformative potency, rarely even attempts to make a stand for justice or persuade nations to forego war.

The people at the very top of the heap have been those Western financial magnates, especially from the Anglo-American-Zionist empire and the European Union, who control banking, industry, investment, and credit. The world is run by an international financial elite and their subordinates in government, corporations, academia, the military, and the media. This elite have plunged billions of people and the nations they inhabit into astronomical levels of debt. They are the controllers who live off the fat of the land, skimming the cream of science and industry through usury on money they create out of thin air through financial monopolies granted or at least tolerated by the politicians whose strings they pull. No longer leaders of the popular will, the political classes of all Western nations, most particularly the United States, are servants of private financial and corporate interests.

The controllers realize how tenuous stability has become. So they seem to have embarked on a worldwide consolidation of power, using every tool available from the fields of electronic surveillance and social engineering to enhance their dominance. Nations not entirely under their control, such as Russia and China, are tagged as adversaries and surrounded with military bases. The controllers are suspected of having vowed among themselves that the existing world population of almost seven billion human beings cannot be allowed to continue. A large portion of the human herd must be culled, an action that now appears to be underway with the world’s resources increasingly passing into the hands of centralized financial interests.

But this will not necessarily fend off the even larger disaster that threatens mankind. For the controllers themselves also inhabit the earth. No man is an island. What threatens the least of God’s creatures threatens them as well.

The perspective of the controllers is therefore incomplete. What it leaves out are human freedom, aspiration, and spirituality. It also leaves out nature and nature’s laws. Further, it leaves out God, whatever we mean by that word, still knowing that there is “something” or “someone” who is the ultimate creative force. Perhaps these most materialistic elements of humanity are not quite as sharp as they think they are in trying to erect a fortress against the universe in order to save themselves.

For instance, they have not yet found a way to negate the law of cause and effect: “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” An example is the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico caused by negligence in addressing pre-existent problems in a manner reminiscent of the space shuttle Challenger disaster of 1986. Both events exposed the pride of man as mere dust. Disasters may also be lying in wait due to genetically-modified seeds laced with pesticides where crop failures or the appearance of super-resistant insects could lead to mass starvation.

The controllers desire to rule from their glitzy world capitals of glass and steel while maintaining “safe” suburban, rural, or island palaces and retreats. Many, though not all, are the physical or spiritual descendents of those who rejected God by rejecting Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago, though according to some traditions their genealogy may be much older. Though the Christian churches offer many confusing and contradictory interpretations, it was Jesus Christ who prophesized the end of the age and sought to prepare mankind for it. Christianity is first and foremost an eschatological religion, especially as it hearkens back to such Old Testament prophets as Isaiah.

But in recognizing that the size of the human population is an overriding issue, shouldn’t we ask why are so many people alive on earth at this time?………………………

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