BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS, GALILEI AND SAINT PETER’S SQUARE, WHICH "IS A SUNDIAL TOO" (2)

At the beginning of the traditional Marian prayer – the last one until Christmas –, the Pope lingered on the tale of the Annunciation, the focus of the fourth Sunday of Advent as well as a "mystery to which we return every day as we say the Angelus". "This prayer – said the Pope – makes us relive that decisive moment, in which God knocked on Mary’s heart and, after receiving her ‘yes’, began to become incarnate into her and from her". "Now that Christmas is just a few days away – went on the Pontiff –, we are called to stare at the ineffable mystery that Mary has cherished for nine months in her virginal womb: the mystery of God becoming man". According to the Pope, "this is the first linchpin of Redemption", while the second one "is the death and resurrection of Jesus, and these two inseparable linchpins embody God’s one design: to save humanity and its history, by taking them over down to the end, by entirely shouldering all the evil that oppresses them". ” ” ” ” ” “

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