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Posted by Joseph on 25 May, 2012

VATICAN CITY, MAY 23, 2012 – Benedict XVI says that people today might have difficulty understanding the fatherhood of God, due to the prevalent problem in our culture of a lack of fathers in children’s lives.

The Pope made this reflection as he continued his Wednesday catecheses on prayer. In today’s audience, he took up the prayer taught and enabled by the Holy Spirit, “Abba, Father.”

In St. Paul, he explained, we find this expression twice: Galatians 4:6 and Romans 8.

“Christianity is not a religion of fear but of trust, and of love for the Father who loves us,” the Pontiff said, in explaining this term for addressing God.

“Perhaps men today do not perceive the beauty, the grandeur and the profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ by which we may address God in prayer, because the father figure today is often not sufficiently present; and this presence is often not adequately positive in daily life,” the Pope acknowledged. “A father’s absence, i.e. the problem of a father who is not present in the child’s life, is a great problem of our time; and therefore, it becomes difficult to understand the profound significance of what it means to say that God is a Father to us.

Full text at: http://www.zenit.org/article-34832?l=english


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