17:55 - BENEDICT XVI: TO THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS, HISTORY IS A BATTLE BETWEEN TWO LOVES
History is a battle between two loves: love of oneself and love of God. Pope Benedict XVI said this today as he spoke to the cardinals who participated in the lunch offered by him today in the Sala Ducale on the occasion of his eighty-fifth birthday, todays edition of LOsservatore Romano reports. In this moment - Benedict XVI said - I can only have words of gratitude. Gratitude to the Lord for the many years He has given me. Years filled with joyful days, wonderful moments, but also dark nights. But if I look back, I understand that the dark nights too were necessary and good, something to be grateful for. Today - he continued - the word ‘ecclesia militans has become a bit old-fashioned, but we can actually see ever more clearly that it is true, that it carries truth in itself. We see that evil wants to rule the world, that it is necessary to join the battle against evil. We see that it does it in many ways, through bloodshed and violence, but also disguised as good in order to destroy the moral foundations of society. Recalling St. Augustine according to whom the whole history is a battle between two loves: love of oneself even to contempt of God; and love of God even to contempt of oneself in martyrdom, the Pontiff observed: We are fighting this battle and in this battle it is extremely important to have friends.