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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

"Simple, Humble Worker"

Following is the text of Pope Benedict XVI's first address to the world after being elected as pontiff on Tuesday. The new Pope, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, delivered the address in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Translated by Reuters.

"Dear brothers and sisters,

After the Great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord's vineyard.

I am comforted by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and act even with insufficient instruments. And above all, I entrust myself to your prayers.

With the joy of the risen Lord and confidence in his constant help, we will go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary his most holy mother will be alongside us.

Thank you."

Yan's thoughts -

Simple and humble worker, as the new Pope calls himself -

In the city of humankind, powerful people command the obedience of others.
In God's kingsom, the one who would be powerful must serve others.
In the city of humankind, ambition rules.
In God's kingdom, meekness rules.
In the city of humankind, the simple and low are ground underfoot.
In God's kingdom, the humble are exalted by God.

Humility is the path to power.

1 comment(s):

I am a Catholic by birth. Was educated in a catholic mission school.
I look at "Catholic" and the work of God's servant as two different perspective.
I have always and will always remain cynical of the MEN who controls the church. But I'll always look at the life of the Lord Jesus as the very opposite of what the Vatican city posses. The Lord Jesus was born in the from of a man who was definitely not from a society of "class". He was born an "illegitimate" child. He was born into a humble home. I wonder if our Lord Jesus comes back in the human form amongst us today, would he agree with the "richness" of the Vatican city?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 am  

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