Benedict XVI: Conversion is putting God first

Conversion means not closing in on ourselves in the pursuit of success, prestige, position, but making sure that each and every day, in the small things, truth, faith in God and love become most important. This was said by Pope Benedict XVI during his general audience on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. He was speaking to thousands of the faithful in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The Holy Father, speaking publically for the first time after his decision to step down from the Petrine Ministry in his penultimate general audience, spoke of the Gospel story of the temptation of Jesus by the devil in the desert. He said the core of the devil’s temptations was the proposal to exploit God, to use Him fo …

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