VATICAN CITY (Zenit): The liturgy should inspire Catholics to contribute to bettering the world with testimony and social action, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone says.
Cardinal Bertone said this in a message sent on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI to the 58th Italian National Liturgical Week, held in Spoleto in the last week of August.
To live as a Christian, we must harmonise personal faithfulness to Christ with ‘citizenship’, with a commitment to being present in the world as his witnesses,” Cardinal Bertone wrote.
Each liturgical celebration helps to carry out a wise reading of history with an attentive discernment of events, so that the soul of believers will open to the eschatological prospective that enables them to work in the earthly city while looking beyond what is passing, to catch a glimpse of the Risen One.”
The letter invites the participants in the Italian National Liturgical Week to reflect on “how to carry out that mission in today’s society with an evangelical faithfulness celebrated in the liturgy and lived in day-to-day existence”.
For every Christian generation, the Eucharist is the indispensable nutriment that sustains it while traversing the desert of this world, parched by ideological and economic systems that do not promote life, but rather degrade it; a world where the logic of power and possession dominates rather than that of service and love; a world where the culture of violence and death often triumph,” Cardinal Bertone said, citing the Pope’s homily from the solemnity of Corpus Christi.
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