Aug 5, 2012 / 11:31 am
God's promise of a new and eternal life deserves priority over earthly desires for things that can never satisfy the heart, Pope Benedict XVI taught in his Aug. 5 Sunday Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo.
"Jesus wants to help people move beyond the immediate satisfaction of their material needs, although they are important too. He wants to open a horizon of existence which is not simply that of the daily concerns of eating, dressing and career," the Pope told pilgrims at his summer residence.
The true "center of existence," giving "full meaning and firm hope" to life, "is faith in Jesus … our encounter with Christ," the Pope reflected.
Thousands of enthusiastic visitors listened from the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace as the Pope discussed Sunday's reading from the "Bread of Life" discourse in the Gospel of John.