The Holy Father offers Mass ad orientem

Pope Benedict XVI offered Mass ad orientem this morning, in the Pauline Chapel at the apostolic palace.  The Holy Father offered the Holy Sacrafice of the Mass for members of the International Theological Commission. In his homily the Pope warned the theologians against taking undue pride in their scholarly work. He noted that many renowned thinkers have been “unable to see the mystery in itself, the central nucleus: that Christ truly was the Son of God.” By contrast, he pointed out, simple believers like St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Damian of Molokai have plumbed the depths of the faith; they were “little people who were also wise.” The Pontiff cited the attitude of St. Paul, who “became blind and thus truly came to see.”

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