Feb. 2 - On the Prayer of Jesus in
Gethsemane: "Nowhere Else in Sacred Scripture Do We
Gain So Deep an Insight into the Inner Mystery of Jesus"
– Translated extract of the Pope’s address at
the General Audience (Feb. 1, 2012, Zenit.org).
…It [to ask God to conform our wills to His] is a
prayer that we must make daily, because it is not always
easy to entrust ourselves to God’s will, to repeat
the “yes” of Jesus, the “yes” of
Feb. 2 - Pope's Feb. 2 Homily for
Day of Consecrated Life: "Old and New Testament Join
Together in a Marvelous Way in Giving Thanks for the Gift
of the Light" – Translated excerpts of the Vespers
homily (Feb. 6, 2012, Zenit.org)
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, forty days
after Jesus' birth, shows us Mary and Joseph, who in obedience
to the Mosaic Law travel to the temple of Jerusalem to offer
the child, as the first born, to the Lord and ransom Him
by a sacrifice (cf. Luke 2:22-24).
… The ritual gesture of Jesus' parents, which takes
place in the form of the humble discretion that characterizes
the Incarnation of the Son of God, is received in a unique
way by the elderly Simeon and the prophetess Anna. By divine
inspiration they recognize in that child the Messiah announced
by the prophets. In the meeting between the venerable old
Simeon and Mary, the young mother, the Old and the New Testament
join together in a marvelous way in giving thanks for the
gift of the Light, which shown in the darkness and prevented
it from taking over:
… Thus in today's feast we celebrate the mystery of
consecration: the consecration of Jesus, the consecration
of Mary, the consecration of all those who place themselves
in the following of Jesus for the love of the Kingdom of
Feb. 5 - On the Paradox of Illness:
"Jesus Christ Came to Conquer Evil at Its Root"
– Translated conclusion of the Angelus address (Feb.
6, 2012, Zenit.org).
… Dear friends, next Saturday, Feb. 11, the commemoration
of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes, is the World Day of the
Sick. … And we invoke the intercession of the Madonna,
especially for situations of great suffering and isolation.
Mary, Health of the Sick, pray for us!
Feb. 12 - On Jesus, the 'Leper': "Every
Barrier Between God and Human Impurity ... Is Torn Down"
– Translated extract of the Angelus address (Feb.
13, 2012, Zenit.org).
…Dear friends, let us turn in prayer to the Virgin
Mary, whom we celebrated yesterday, remembering her appearances
at Lourdes. Our Lady entrusted to St. Bernadette a message
that is always relevant: the invitation to prayer and penance.
Through His Mother it is always Jesus who comes to meet
us, to free us from every sickness of body and soul.…
Feb. 13 - Pope's Message for World
Day of Prayer for Vocations: "The Source of Every Perfect
Gift Is God Who Is Love" – Translated conclusion
(Feb. 13, 2012, Zenit.org)
… May pastors and all the lay faithful always cooperate
so that in the Church these "homes and schools of communion"
may multiply, modelled on the Holy Family of Nazareth, the
harmonious reflection on earth of the life of the Most Holy
Feb. 17 – Pope’s Sadness
at the Fire in the Prison of Comayagua – Translated
extract (Feb. 17, 2012, VIS).
… With these sentiments the Supreme Pontiff, while
invoking the loving protect of Our Lady of Suyapa, affectionately
imparts the comfort on an apostolic blessing as a sign of
consolation and hope at this time of distress.…
Feb. 16 – Pope's Address to
European, African Bishops: "May the Family Be at the
Center of Your Attention as Pastors" – translated
conclusion (Feb. 17, 2012, Zenit.org).
… I entrust your spiritual proposals and your pastoral
projects to the intercession of Mary, Star of Evangelization….
Feb. 18 – New Cardinals Must
Love God, the Church, and Their Fellow Man – extract
of translated homily (Feb. 18, 2012, VIS)
… On the ring which I will soon place on your finger,
are represented Sts. Peter and Paul, and in the middle a
star which evokes the Mother of God. … The example
of the Virgin Mother will always be for you an invitation
to follow her who was strong in faith and a humble servant
of the Lord.….
Feb. 19 – Pope's Homily Sunday
With New Cardinals: "The Petrine Ministry Is Therefore
a Primacy of Love in the Eucharistic Sense" –
Translated conclusion (Feb. 20, 2012, Zenit.org).
… We now entrust your ecclesial service to the Virgin
Mary, who was present among the apostolic community as they
gathered in prayer, waiting for the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts
1:14). May she, Mother of the Incarnate Word, protect the
Church’s path, support the work of the pastors by
her intercession and take under her mantle the entire College
Feb. 19 – On Peter's Mission:
"To Feed the Flock of Christ, Keeping It United in
Faith and Charity" – Translated conclusion of
the Angelus address (Feb. 20, 2012, Zenit.org).
… Dear friends, let us entrust the new cardinals
to the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy, that she might
always assist them in their ecclesial service and sustain
them in trials. Mary, Mother of the Church, help me and
those who tirelessly work with me for the unity of the People
of God and to proclaim to all peoples the message of salvation,
humbly and courageously accomplishing the service of truth
Feb. 20 – Unity in the Church
Is a Divine Gift Which Must Be Defended – Translated
conclusion (Feb. 20, 2012, VIS)
… I entrust you, dear brother cardinals, and the
faithful accompanying you, to the protection of the Mother
of God and of the Apostles Peter and Paul"..
Feb. 22 - Pope's Message for Lent
2012: "We Must Not Remain Silent Before Evil"
– Translated conclusion (Feb. 7, 2012, Zenit.org).
…As I offer my prayerful good wishes for a blessed
and fruitful Lenten period, I entrust all of you to the
intercession of the Mary Ever Virgin and cordially impart
my Apostolic Blessing.
Feb. 22. – On the Forty Days
of Lent: "Time Spent in the Desert Can Be Transformed
into a Time of Grace" – An extract from his welcome
to the English-speaking pilgrims at the general audience
(Feb. 22, 2012, Zenit.org).
I offer a special welcome to the faithful of the Personal
Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on the occasion of
their pilgrimage to the See of Peter.
Feb. 22 - BRAZIL FRATERNITY CAMPAIGN:
CARE FOR THE BODY AND SOUL OF THE SICK (Feb. 22, 2012, VIS)
--The Pope concludes his message by invoking the intercession
of Our Lady of Aparecida, that the Lord may grant everyone,
and especially the sick, "comfort and strength in accomplishing
the duties specific to their individual, family or social
condition, that these may become a source of health and
progress in Brazil, making it fertile in sanctity, economically
prosperous, even-handed in the distribution of wealth, joyful
in public service, equitable in power and fraternal in development".
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Feb. 24 - Pope's Address on Receiving
Peter's Pence: "Charitable Service Becomes a Privileged
Form of Evangelization" – Translated conclusion
(Feb. 24, 2012, Zenit.org).
… Dear friends, in renewing my appreciation for
the service you render the Church, I entrust you, together
with your families, to the maternal help of the Virgin Mary
Salus Populi Romani and of the Saints your Protectors.…
Feb. 26 - On Temptation: "It
Is with Patience and with True Humility That We Become Stronger
Than Every Enemy" – Translated conclusion (Feb.
27, 2012, Zenit.org).
… We supplicate Mary Most Holy with fervor that
she accompany us on our Lenten path with her protection
and help us to impress in our heart and in our life the
words of Jesus Christ, to convert ourselves to Him.…