Monday, April 2, 2007

Papal Homily at Juvenile Detention Center

Pope Benedict XVI gave a homily on March 18 at a juvenile detention center in Rome, and the text is now up on Zenit, including this excerpt:

We must understand what freedom is and what is only the appearance of freedom.

Freedom, we can say, is a springboard from which to dive into the infinite sea of divine goodness, but it can also become a tilted plane on which to slide towards the abyss of sin and evil and thus also to lose freedom and our dignity.

Dear friends, we are in the Season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter. In this Season of Lent, the Church helps us to make this interior journey and invites us to conversion, which always, even before being an important effort to change our
behaviour, is an opportunity to decide to get up and set out again, to abandon sin and to choose to return to God. Let us -- this is the imperative of Lent -- make this journey of inner liberation together.

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