Pope says God's love puts order in creation
Pope Benedict XVI talked about the deception of atheism, and the love of God for all his creatures, at his weekly public audience yesterday.
Catholic World News reports that the Holy Father's catechetical address was a meditation on Psalm 135 - in which, he said, the key word is "mercy".
The Almighty is not passive and aloof, he said; "He appears as a person Who loves his creatures, who watches over them, following them on their journey." God's care continues, the Pontiff noted, despite the weakness and unfaithfulness of his favorite creatures.
The evidence of God's love for his creation is evident in the order of the world, the Pope continued. Thus the psalmist discovers "a divine message secretly inscribed in creation." He contrasted that reaction with those who are "tricked by atheism."
About 25,000 people attended the Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square. After his remarks, the Pope followed his usual practice: repeating a summary of his catechesis in several different languages, then taking time to greet different groups in the crowd, and personally welcoming the prelates and handicapped people who were in attendance. The entire audience lasted about two hours.
God's love orders creation, Pope says (Catholic World News 9/11/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Benedict XVI General Audience - text (9/11/05)
Pope's General Audience (Vatican Radio English Features 9/11/05, audio - requires Real Player)
Pope Benedict XVI: Marvel Of Creation (Vatican Radio English Features 9/11/05, audio - requires Real Player)
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10 Nov 2005