Dec. 1 Pope's Address to Circus
Performers and Traveling Shows: "You Spread Around You a
Joyful Atmosphere and You Ease the Burden of Daily Work"
Translated Conclusion (Dec. 3, 2012, Zenit.org).
I entrust all of you to the Virgin Mary, the "star of
the way," who with her maternal presence accompanies us
every moment of our life.
[Comment in English]
I pray that your faith in Christ and your devotion to the
Blessed Virgin Mary may sustain you in your life and work.
Dec. 2 -- On Advent: "The Virgin Mary Perfectly Incarnates
the Spirit of Advent" Translated conclusion of the Angelus
address (Dec. 2, 2012, Zenit.org).
The Virgin Mary perfectly incarnates the spirit of Advent;
this spirit is one of listening to God, of profound desire
to do His will, of joyous service to our neighbor.
Letting ourselves be guided by her, so that the God who
comes does not find us closed and distracted, but can, in
each one of us, extend a part of His kingdom of love, of
justice and of peace.
Dec. 2 Pope's Homily at Vespers with
University Students: "Believing Means Entrusting Our Life to
the Only One Who Can Give It Fullness in Time" Translated
conclusion (Dec. 3, 2012, Zenit.org).
The handing over of the icon of Mary Sedes Sapientiae
to the Brazilian delegation by the university chaplaincy of
Rome 3, which this year celebrates its
twentieth anniversary, is a sign of this common commitment
on the part of you young university students of Rome.
To Mary, Seat of Wisdom, I entrust all of you and your
loved ones, along with the study, teaching and university
life in which you share. I also entrust to her, in a
special way, the journey of education and witness of this
Year of Faith.
Dec. 3 Pope's Address to Venerable English College: "Let
Your Hearts Burn with Love for Christ, for the Church and for
the Mass" Conclusion (Dec. 3, 2012, Zenit.org).
Commending you, and all to whom the Lord sends you, to the
loving intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham, I gladly
impart my Apostolic Blessing.
Dec. 3 Benedict XVI's Address to Plenary Assembly of
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace: "The Rights and
Duties Do Not Have as Their Sole and Exclusive Foundation the
Social Conscience of Peoples, But Depend Primarily on the
Natural Moral Law" Translated conclusion (Dec. 5, 2012,
May the Virgin Mary, she who with faith and love
received in herself the Savior to give Him to the world,
guide us in the proclamation and witness of the Social
Doctrine of the Church, to render the New Evangelization
Dec. 5 On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation: "God's
Self-Revelation in Christ Corresponds to Our Deepest Human
Hopes and Aspirations" Translated comments after the Angelus
address (Dec.5, 2012, Zenit.org).
The season of Advent, which has just begun, receives
light in these days from the shining example of the
Immaculate Virgin Mary. May she urge you, dear young
people, along your way of adhesion to Christ. For
you, dear sick people, may Mary be your support for a
renewed hope. And may she be a guide for you, dear
newlyweds, in building your family.
Dec. 7 -- Pope Benedict's Address to the
International Theological Commission: "Without Openness to
the Transcendent [...], Mankind Becomes Unable to Act in
Accordance with Justice and Work for Peace" Translated
extracts (Dec. 7, 2012, Zenit.org).
I am pleased that the International Theological
Commission wanted to show its support for this ecclesial
event through a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Santa Mary
Major, to entrust to the Virgin Mary, Praesidium fidei,,
your Commission's work and to pray for all those who,
in edio Ecclesiae, are dedicated to bringing to
fruition knowledge of the faith for the spiritual benefit
and enjoyment of all believers.
We pray to the Immaculate Virgin, model of those who
listen and meditate on the Word of God, to obtain for you the
grace to always joyfully serve the knowledge of faith for the
benefit of the whole Church.
Dec. 8 Pope's Angelus Address on Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Translated extract (Dec. 9, 2012, Zenit.org).
I wish you all a happy feast of Mary Immaculate! In
this Year of Faith I would like to emphasize that Mary is
Immaculate by a gratuitous gift of the grace of God that,
however, she was perfectly open to and cooperated with.
In this sense she is "blessed" because she "believed" (Luke
1:45), because she had a firm faith in God. Mary
represents that "remnant of Israel," that holy root
announced by the prophets. The promises of the Old
Covenant are welcomed in her. In Mary the Word of God
finds an ear, acceptance, response, he finds that "yes" that
allows Him to take flesh and to come dwell among us. In Mary humanity, history truly open to God, accept His
grace, are ready to do His will. Mary is the genuine
expression of grace. She is the new Israel that the
Scriptures of the Old Testament describe with the symbol of
the bride. And St. Paul takes this language up again
in the Letter to the Ephesians where he speaks of matrimony
and says that "Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up
for her, to make her holy, purifying her with the bath of
water through the word, to present the Church to Himself,
all glorious, without a blemish or wrinkle or any such
thing, but holy and immaculate." (5:25-27) The Fathers
of the Church developed this image and so the doctrine of
the Immaculate was first born in reference to the Church as
virgin-mother, and then in reference to Mary. Ephraim
the Syrian poetically wrote: "As bodies themselves have sin
and die, and the land that is their mother is cursed (cf.
Genesis 3:17-19), so because of this body that is the
incorruptible Church, her land is blessed from the
beginning. This land is the body of Mary, the temple
in which a seed has been sown" (Diatessaron 4, 15: SC 121, 102).
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Dec. 8 -- Pope's Immaculate Conception Address at the
Spanish Steps: "Mary Immaculate Teaches Us to Listen to the Voice of God That
Speaks in Silence" Translated (Dec. 9, 2012, Zenit.org).
It is always a joy to gather together here in the Piazza di Spagna
on the feast of Mary Immaculate. Finding ourselves together--Romans,
pilgrims, visitors--at the feet of the statue of our spiritual Mother creates
in us a feeling of unity in the sign of faith. I would like to underscore
this in this Year of Faith that the whole Church is observing. I greet you
with affection and would like to share with you some simple thoughts, suggested
by the Gospel reading for this solemnity: the Gospel of the Annunciation.
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Dec. 9 -- On Awaiting the Coming of the Lord: "Let us
Prepare to See, with the Eyes of Faith, God's Salvation in the Humble Grotto of
Bethlehem" Translated extracts of the Angelus address (Dec. 9, 2012,
In the season of Advent that liturgy brings to the
fore, in a special way, two figures that prepare the
way of the Messiah: the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist.
To the maternal intercession of Mary, the
Virgin of Advent, we entrust our path to the Lord
who is coming so that we are ready to welcome
Emmanuel, God-with-us, in our heart and in our entire life.
Dec. 9 -- Pope's Address to Participants of "Ecclesia In
America" International Congress Translated conclusion (Dec. 10, 2012, Zenit.org).
... As a model of openness to God's grace and of
perfect concern for others, there shines forth on
your continent the figure of Mary Most Holy, Star
of the New Evangelization, invoked throughout
America under the glorious title of Our Lady of
Guadalupe. As I commend this Congress to her
maternal and loving protection, ...
Dec. 12 On the Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation:
"God Continues to Draw Near to Us" Translated extracts from the General Audience (Dec. 12, 2012, Zenit.org).
The song of the Magnificat, too,
which the Virgin Mary raises to God, is a lofty
example of this history of salvation, of this
memory that makes and keeps present the action of
God. Mary exalts the merciful action of God
in the concrete journey of her people, his fidelity
to the covenant promises made to Abraham and his
descendants; and all this is a living memory of the
divine presence that never fails (cf. Luke 1:46-55).
Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady
of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the
patron saint of the new evangelization. Dear
young people, at the school of Mary learn to love
and hope; dear sick people, may the Blessed Virgin
be for your a comfort and companion in your
suffering; and you, dear newlyweds, entrust to the
Mother of Jesus your marital journey.
Dec. 16 On The Fruits of Conversion: "It Is There, in
Our Conduct, That We Must Show That We Are Following His Will" translated
conclusion of the Angelus address (Dec. 16, 2012, Zenit.org).
So let us pray to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that
He help us to prepare ourselves for Christmas bearing the good fruits of
conversion (cf. Luke 3:8).
Dec. 16 -- Pope's Sunday Homily at San Patrizio
Parish in Rome Translated extracts (Dec. 16, 2012, Zenit.org).
The passage begins with the words: Rejoice, daughter of Zion
acclaim with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem (Zephaniah 3:14), which is
similar to that announcement of the angel to Mary: Rejoice, you who are full of
grace (Luke 1:26).
The joy that is promised in this prophetic
text finds its fulfillment in Jesus, who is in
Mary's womb, the "Daughter of Zion," and in this
way makes His dwelling among us (cf. John 1:14)
let us run to meet the Lord who is coming,
invoking and imitating
the Virgin Mary, who
awaited and prepared, in silence and prayer, the
birth of the Redeemer.
Dec. 19 -- On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of
Christ: "Mary's Faith Combines Complete Trust in the Lord's Promises with a
Certain 'Unknowing'" Translated introduction from the General Audience (Dec. 19, 2012, Zenit.org).
In the journey of Advent, the Virgin Mary has a special place as the one who
in a unique way waited for the fulfillment of the promises of God, accepting
Jesus in faith and in the flesh, the Son of God, in full obedience to the divine
will. Today I would like to reflect with you briefly on Mary's faith,
beginning from the great mystery of the Annunciation.
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Dec. 23 -- On the Visitation: "Let Us Strive Again to Make
Room in Our Hearts to Welcome the Christ Child with Love and Humility"
Translated extract of the Angelus address (Dec. 23, 2012, Zenit.org).
On this fourth Sunday of Advent, which precedes the birth of the Lord, the
Gospel narrates Mary's visit to her relative Elizabeth. This is not merely
a polite gesture but, with great simplicity, depicts the meeting between the Old
and the New Testament. The two women, both pregnant, in fact, incarnate
expectation and the One expected. The older Elizabeth symbolizes Israel,
who awaits the Messiah, while the younger Mary bears the fulfillment of this
expectation to the benefit of all humanity. In the two women we meet and
recognize first of all the fruit of their wombs, John and Christ. The Christian
poet, Prudentius, comments: "The child in the old womb greets, through His
mother's mouth, the Lord, son of the Virgin" (Apotheosis, 590: PL 59,
970). The elation of John in Elizabeth's womb is the sign of the end of
the waiting: God is about to visit his people. At the Annunciation the
archangel Gabriel spoke to Mary about Elizabeth's pregnancy (cf. Luke 1:36) as a
proof of God's power: sterility, besides the advanced age, was transformed into
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Dec. 24 -- Benedict XVI's Christmas Eve Homily: "What
Would Happen If Mary and Joseph Were to Knock at My Door?" Translated extract
(Dec. 24, 2012, Zenit.org).
what would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door? Would there be
room for them? And then it occurs to us that Saint John takes up this
seemingly chance comment about the lack of room at the inn, which drove the Holy
Family into the stable. He explores it more deeply and arrives at the heart of the matter when he writes:
"He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not." (Jn 1:11) ...
Dec. 25 -- Pope Benedict XVI's Urbi et Orbi Message:
"Truth has Sprung Up, Bringing Kindness, Justice and Peace" Translated extract
(Dec. 26, 2012, Zenit.org).
... In Jesus, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin
Mary, kindness and truth do indeed meet;
Augustine explains with admirable brevity: "
has been born of the Virgin Mary." (En. in Ps. 84:13) And in a Christmas sermon he says that
"... The Truth, which is in the bosom of the Father has sprung out of the earth, to be in the womb of a
mother too. The Truth which rules the whole world has sprung out of the
earth, to be held in the arms of a woman...." (Sermones, 185, 1)
... Kindness and truth, justice and peace have met; they have become incarnate in the child born of Mary in Bethlehem....
Dec. 26 -- On the Feast of St. Stephen: "St. Stephen
Model for All Those Who Want to Serve the New Evangelization" Translated
conclusion of the Angelus address (Dec. 27, 2012, Zenit.org).
... We pray to the Virgin Mary, so that the
Church, in this Year of Faith, sees more men and
women who, like St. Stephen, know how to give a
convinced and courageous witness of the Lord Jesus.
Dec. 30 -- Faith Is a Precious Gift to Nourish Translated extract (December 30, 2012, VIS).
Mary and Joseph's concern for Jesus, Benedict
XVI said, "is the same as all parents who are
raising a child, to introduce him to life and an
understanding of reality.
In imitation of the
Holy Family of Nazareth, parents must be seriously
involved in the growth and education of their
children, so that they may become responsible and
honest citizens, never forgetting that faith is a
precious gift to nurture in their children,
particularly through personal example."
love, fidelity, and dedication of Mary and Joseph
be an example for all Christian spouses, who are
not their children's friends nor the owner's of
their children's lives, but the guardians of this
incomparable gift from God.
May the silence of Joseph, a just man, and the
example of Mary, who kept all these things in her
heart, bring us to enter into the mystery of the
Holy Family full of faith and humanity. I
wish for all Christian families to live in the
presence of God with the same love and joy as the
family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
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