Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God. So said Benedict XVI this morning to participants in this week’s Spiritual Exercises retreat, led by Gianfranco Ravasi, which concluded today. Thank you — said the Pope — for the past eight years, in which you have borne with me, with great skill, affection, love, faith, the weight of the Petrine ministry. Pope Benedict XVI continued that there will remain a spiritual closeness, a deep communion in prayer. Earlier, Cardinal Ravasi had made the analogy between the Pope’s retreat and the biblical image of the prophet Elijah, in silent retreat on the mountain, listening to the voice of God and giving witness of faith.
Benedict XVI concludes Spiritual Exercises
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