Pope Benedict’s Farewell Angelus

Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s Angelus address:

Dear brothers and sisters!

On the second Sunday of Lent, the liturgy always presents us with the Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The evangelist Luke places particular emphasis on the fact that Jesus was transfigured as he prayed: his is a profound experience of relationship with the Father during a sort of spiritual retreat that Jesus lives on a high mountain in the company of Peter, James and John , the three disciples always present in moments of divine manifestation of the Master (Luke 5:10, 8.51, 9.28).
The Lord, who shortly before had foretold his death and resurrection (9:22), offers his disciples a foretaste of his glory. And even in the Transfiguration, as in baptism, we hear the voice of the Heavenly Father, “This is my Son, the Chosen One listen to him” (9:35). The presence of Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets of the Old Covenant, it is highly significant: the whole history of the Alliance is focused on Him, the Christ, who accomplishes a new “exodus” (9:31) , not to the promised land as in the time of Moses, but to Heaven. Peter’s words: “Master, it is good that we are here” (9.33) represents the impossible attempt to stop this mystical experience. St. Augustine says: “[Peter] … on the mountain … had Christ as the food of the soul. Why should he come down to return to the labours and pains, while up there he was full of feelings of holy love for God that inspired in him a holy conduct? “(Sermon 78.3).
We can draw a very important lesson from meditating on this passage of the Gospel. First, the primacy of prayer, without which all the work of the apostolate and of charity is reduced to activism. In Lent we learn to give proper time to prayer, both personal and communal, which gives breath to our spiritual life. In addition, to pray is not to isolate oneself from the world and its contradictions, as Peter wanted on Tabor, instead prayer leads us back to the path, to action. “The Christian life – I wrote in my Message for Lent – consists in continuously scaling the mountain to meet God and then coming back down, bearing the love and strength drawn from him, so as to serve our brothers and sisters with God’s own love “(n. 3).
Dear brothers and sisters, I feel that this Word of God is particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord is calling me to “climb the mountain”, to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church, indeed, if God is asking me to do this it is so that I can continue to serve the Church with the same dedication and the same love with which I have done thus far, but in a way that is better suited to my age and my strength. Let us invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary: may she always help us all to follow the Lord Jesus in prayer and works of charity.
I offer a warm greeting to all the English-speaking visitors present for this Angelus prayer, especially the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School. I thank everyone for the many expressions of gratitude, affection and closeness in prayer which I have received in these days. As we continue our Lenten journey towards Easter, may we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus the Redeemer, whose glory was revealed on the mount of the Transfiguration. Upon all of you I invoke God’s abundant blessings!

3 thoughts on “Pope Benedict’s Farewell Angelus

  1. We may like him or not, we may agree or disagree with Pope Benedict’s views, but I believe we should admire a decision that places the best interest of the Catholic Church above his own prestige.

  2. Dear Sisters, Thank you for posting this.
    I was searching on EWTN and could not find it.
    Knowing that you are praying for us
    and for the whole world 24/7
    and that now our Holy Father Pope Benedict
    is joining in this 24/7 world of prayer we are deeply comforted.

  3. JMJ I’ve realized that as the years go by that my life changes. The bottom line has always been to Sanctify the moment. Ministering/Evangelizing myself first before I can to others. Searching, finding, and following Our Lords will for me. Over the years my life has allowed me to be involved in several different ministries. I have grown spiritually from being involved in them. The last eight years ministry to my family takes up most of my time. I came to a point though where I had to decide to retire from work. I felt (like our Holy Father) my body was telling me its time to retire again. Twenty years enlisted Air Force time and sixteen years in Aviation Security at the Post Office. So I know what our Holy Father is feeling. I listened and prayed and listened (last twenty years in Adoration) and discerned that Our Lord wanted me to retire form labor but not from ministry. Words cannot describe the joy of teaching my now grown children and my four grandchildren. The blessed events of every day sharing my faith with my family. Today after witnessing my oldest grandson receive his First Holy Communion and Confirmation a month ago, saw him serve at Mass. Eight years old. I’m sixty-two and look forward to what Our Lord has in store for me. Every once of my strength is spent on Evangelizing myself and others I come in contact with, and even those that just drive by and see the large 89.7 FM on the back window of my car. So I feel even though Pope Benedict XIV is retiring, he will still be evangelizing till Our Lord calls him home. All the Saints did the same thing. Viva Cristo Rey+

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