Benedict extols spirit of silence in a noisy world

With Christmas approaching, Pope Benedict XVI exhorted the faithful to cultivate a spirit of interior recollection in an often noisy world that makes it hard to listen to God.

Zenit reports that the Holy Father presented St. Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus, as a model of recollection.

Joseph's silence in the Gospel, he said, "does not demonstrate an empty interior, but rather the fullness of faith that he carries in his heart."

"Let's allow ourselves to be 'infected' by the silence of St. Joseph!" the Pontiff said as he exhorted the thousands of people gathered on a cold and sunny day in St. Peter's Square.

Silence "is so lacking in this world which is often too noisy, which is not favorable to recollection and listening to the voice of God," Pope Benedict XVI said, speaking from the window of his study.

"In this time of preparation for Christmas, let us cultivate interior recollection so as to receive and keep Jesus in our lives," the Pope said.

He suggested that the faithful establish in these days "a kind of spiritual dialogue with St. Joseph so that he helps us live to the fullest this mystery of faith."

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20 Dec 2005