January 1 to January 29, 2006
January 1, 2006: Eucharistic celebration on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, for the XXXIX World Peace Day
Turning to Mary we learn
from her "how to become attentive and docile disciples of the Lord.
With her maternal help, we wish to commit ourselves to quickly work
in the "task" for peace, following Christ, the Prince of Peace."
January 1, 2006: World Day of Peace - "Courage amd Trust in God and Man is Necessary"
At the beginning of a new year, we are invited, as it were, to attend her school, the school of the faithful disciple of the Lord, in order to learn from her to accept in faith and prayer the salvation God desires to pour out upon those who trust in his merciful love.
…And Mary kept
all these things, reflecting on them in her heart" (Luke 2:19).
Let us too, at her school, learn to become attentive and docile disciples of the Lord. With her motherly help, let us commit ourselves to working enthusiastically in the "workshop" of peace, following Christ, the Prince of Peace.After the example of the Blessed Virgin, may we let ourselves be guided always and only by Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and for ever! (Hebrews 13:8). Amen.
The Holy Father called upon the Most Holy Mary, "who today blesses the whole world showing her Divine Son, the "Prince of Peace", so that the human family may, in opening themselves to the Evangelical message, live this coming year that begins today in brotherhood and peace". … “On this first day of the year, the Church contemplates the heavenly Mother of God, who holds in her arms the Child Jesus, source of all blessings. "Hail, holy Mother, you have given birth to the King who rules heaven and earth for ever and ever." … “The announcement of the angels in Bethlehem echoed in Mary's maternal heart, filling it with wonder: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!" (Luke 2:14). And the Gospel adds that Mary "kept all these things, pondering them in her heart" (Luke 2:19). Like her, the Church also keeps and meditates on the Word of God, applying it with the different and changing situations she finds on her way.”
January 1, 2006: Angelus Address
[In English, he said:]
greet all the English-speaking visitors present at today's Angelus,
and in particular the many Pueri Cantores, whom I thank for their
beautiful singing at this morning's Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. I
wish all of you a New Year full of joy and consolation of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ! Through the intercession of his Blessed
Mother, Mary, may Christians everywhere have the courage to be
promoters of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace!
January 5, 2006: Address to the Pontifical Household
that tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Pope
dwelt on the figure of Mary: "Just as she presented Jesus to the
Magi, so the Virgin continues to offer Him to all humanity. Let us
accept Him from her hands: Christ fulfils the most profound
expectations of our hearts and gives meaning to all out plans and
actions. May He be present in families and reign everywhere with the
power of His love."
January 8, 2006: On Baptism
Dear Brothers and Sisters, may today's solemnity be a propitious
opportunity for all Christians to discover the joy and beauty of
their baptism that, lived with faith, is an ever present reality: It
continually renews us in the image of the new man, in holiness of
thoughts and deeds. Baptism, moreover, unites Christians of all
creeds. Insofar as baptized, we are all children of God in Christ
Jesus, our master and Lord. May the virgin Mary obtain for us the
grace to understand ever more the value of our baptism and to
witness to it with a worthy conduct of life. … Contemplating the
divine Child in Mary's arms and looking to the example of St
Stephen, let us ask God for the grace to live our faith
consistently, ever ready to answer those who ask us to account for
the hope that is in us (cf. 1 Peter 3:15).
From the Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2006
To Mary, “the living fount of hope” (Dante Alighieri, Paradiso,
XXXIII, 12), we entrust our Lenten journey, so that she may lead us
to her Son. I commend to her in particular the multitudes who suffer
poverty and cry out for help, support, and understanding. With these
sentiments, I cordially impart to all of you a special Apostolic
January 22, 2006: "We Must Not Doubt That One Day We Will Be 'One."
is the Marian conclusion of Benedict XVI’s encyclical Deus Caritas
 The lives of the saints are not limited to their earthly biographies but also include their being and working in God after death. In the saints one thing becomes clear: those who draw near to God do not withdraw from men, but rather become truly close to them. In no one do we see this more clearly than in Mary. The words addressed by the crucified Lord to his disciple—to John and through him to all disciples of Jesus: “Behold, your mother!” (Jn 19:27)—are fulfilled anew in every generation. Mary has truly become the Mother of all believers. Men and women of every time and place have recourse to her motherly kindness and her virginal purity and grace, in all their needs and aspirations, their joys and sorrows, their moments of loneliness and their common endeavors. They constantly experience the gift of her goodness and the unfailing love which she pours out from the depths of her heart. The testimonials of gratitude, offered to her from every continent and culture, are a recognition of that pure love which is not self- seeking but simply benevolent. At the same time, the devotion of the faithful shows an infallible intuition of how such love is possible: it becomes so as a result of the most intimate union with God, through which the soul is totally pervaded by him—a condition which enables those who have drunk from the fountain of God's love to become in their turn a fountain from which “flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38). Mary, Virgin and Mother, shows us what love is and whence it draws its origin and its constantly renewed power. To her we entrust the Church and her mission in the service of love:
… The expression, "God is love," in Latin "Deus Caritas Est," is the title of my first encyclical, which will be published next Wednesday, Jan. 25, feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. I am happy it coincides with the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On that day, I will go to St. Paul's Basilica to preside at Vespers, in which representatives of other churches and ecclesial communities will take part. May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, intercede for us.Among the many concerns for the international situation, my thoughts go today again to Africa and, in particular, to Ivory Coast where grave tensions persist among the country's different social and political components. I invite all to continue with the constructive dialogue to attain reconciliation and peace. I entrust these intentions to the intercession of the Holy Virgin, so loved by the Ivorian people.
… The expression, "God is love," in Latin
"Deus Caritas Est," is the
title of my first encyclical, which will be published next
Wednesday, Jan. 25, feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. I am happy
it coincides with the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity. On that day, I will go to St. Paul's Basilica to preside at
Vespers, in which representatives of other churches and ecclesial
communities will take part. May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the
Church, intercede for us.
January 29, 2006: On Witnesses of Love - "The Whole History of the Church Is a History of Holiness"
From the Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2006
We now turn to Mary Most Holy, mirror of charity: With her maternal help, may she help Christians, and the consecrated in particular, to walk rapidly and joyfully on the path of holiness.