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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pope Benedict on "Offering up"

I would like to add here another brief comment with some relevance for everyday living. There used to be a form of devotion—perhaps less practised today but quite widespread not long ago—that included the idea of “offering up” the minor daily hardships that continually strike at us like irritating “jabs”, thereby giving them a meaning. Of course, there were some exaggerations and perhaps unhealthy applications of this devotion, but we need to ask ourselves whether there may not after all have been something essential and helpful contained within it. What does it mean to offer something up? Those who did so were convinced that they could insert these little annoyances into Christ's great “com-passion” so that they somehow became part of the treasury of compassion so greatly needed by the human race. In this way, even the small inconveniences of daily life could acquire meaning and contribute to the economy of good and of human love. Maybe we should consider whether it might be judicious to revive this practice ourselves.

2 comments:

kuria batam said...

Ave Mariae!
Hello, my name Cosmas, from Batam Island, nearest island from Singapore. I would like to make a close relationship with Legion member in Singapore. Could you tell me how the way?

carina said...

Hi, Cosmas. Our contact emails are in the sidebar. =)