.- During Mass at St. Peterâs Basilica in Rome on Tuesday, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called on the bishops present âto be holy in order to infect all those entrusted to us with the love of Christ.â
After noting that Benedict XVI will meet next Monday with the bishops who were ordained during the past year, Cardinal Bertone reiterated the Popeâs call to fidelity, prudence and kindness.
âThe Church is not our Church but rather the Church of God, and we must render an account for how we have administered what was entrusted to us,â he said, urging the bishops to be faithful to Jesus Christ and to work âfor the community and not for ourselves.â
âPrudence demands humble, disciplined and vigilant reason, the Holy Father says, that is not blinded by prejudices. It does not judge according to desires and passions but rather seeks the truth,â the cardinal said.
He went on to urge the bishops to âcultivate a profound interior orientation towards God,â and to become saints like the holy Cure of Ars, âliving our ministry according the Heart of Christ and the maternal heart of Mary.â
âThe Christian people need to see credible witnesses and to be guided by holy pastors,â Cardinal Bertone said. âMay this be the agenda for each one of us: to be holy in order to infect all those entrusted to our responsibility as pastors of the People of God with the love of Christ.â