speaking off-the-cuff to fellow participants, praised Cardinal Marco
Ce, patriarch emeritus of Venice, Italy, who was this year’s preacher
of the spiritual exercises, saying that he had led the group on a
“Marian journey” to become part of the Word of God.
reminded the group that Cardinal Ce had begun by guiding them "in the
footsteps of St. Mark, walking the road with Jesus towards Jerusalem"
and by highlighting "the profoundly ecclesial nature" of the spiritual
The Holy Father
continued by saying that "We cannot bring the world the joyful news
that is the person of Christ if we ourselves are not profoundly united
to Christ, if we do not know Him deeply and personally, if we do not
live from His Word."
Cardinal Ce, he
said, also dwelt upon "the Christological nature" of the exercises,
helping the Pope and Curia “to listen to the Master Who speaks with us
and within us; he helped us to respond, to speak with the Lord and
listen to His Word."
saying that ultimately, the cardinal guided the group "on a Marian
journey, a journey that calls us to become part of the Word of God, to
place our lives within the Word of God and so allow our being to be
permeated by this Word, that we may then become witnesses to the living
Word of Christ Himself in our time.”
what he called “renewed courage,” and “renewed joy,” he said that now,
“we move towards Easter, towards the celebration of the Mystery of
Christ, which is always more than a celebration or a rite, it is
Presence and Truth."
Saturday, just after Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia had
completed their annual Lenten spiritual exercises, the Holy Father
recalled the past week’s profound experiences and called on Christians
to bring the “joyful news” of Christ to the world.