BENEDICT XVI: AUDIENCE, “WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG” (3)
“It is God who works wonders through our weakness, our inadequacy for the mission”, said the Pope speaking off-the-cuff during his weekly general audience today. The focus was on the theme of prayer in the second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, in which the apostle shows that “power is made perfect in weakness”. “Paul would have preferred to be freed” from the “trial” described in the Letter – Benedict XVI observed – but the Lord told him: “My grace is sufficient for you to resist”. “The Lord – the Holy Father explained – does not free us from suffering, but helps us to grow in suffering, difficulty and persecution”. “Faith – the Pope continued – tells us that if we remain in God, although our outer nature is wasting away, although there are many difficulties, our inner nature is being renewed day by day in trials”. “We too are weak, but we will live in him”, Benedict XVI said, explaining that “prayer does not separate us from the world; rather, it gives us the strength to do what we should do in the world”.