BENEDICT XVI: TO THE SWISS GUARDS, "THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND DEVOTION" (2)

"Your historical uniforms – highlighted Benedict XVI as he received the Swiss Guards in audience today – speak to pilgrims and tourists from all over the world of something that despite everything will not change, that is, they speak of your commitment to serving God by serving the ‘servant of His servants’. Then, speaking in particular to the new halberdiers, the Pope advised them: "First and foremost, take in this Christian and ecclesial spirit, which is the foundation and the propeller of every work you will carry out. Always cultivate prayer and spiritual life, thus making the most of the precious presence of the Chaplain. Be open, simple and loyal. Appreciate the differences in personality and temperament that exist among you, because under the uniform everyone is a unique, unrepeatable person called by God to serve His Kingdom of love and peace". "As you know – concluded the Holy Father –, the Swiss Guards are also a school of life, and during their experience in the Vatican many of your predecessors have discovered their calling: to Christian marriage, to priesthood, to consecrated life. That’s cause for praising God as well as for appreciating your Corps".

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