Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pope: Stay Close to Jesus to Conquer Temptations; Cites Christ's 40 Days in the Desert as Example

The Catholic News Agency website reports that Pope Benedict XVI said today (February 26, 2012) that Christ's 40 days in the desert teaches Christians that temptations can be overcome in life if we stay close to Jesus.

"Man is never wholly free from the temptation...but with patience and true humility we become stronger than an enemy," the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address.

The Pope addressed thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square on the first Sunday of Lent, giving a reflection of St. Mark's Gospel account of Christ's 40 days in the desert when He was tempted by Satan.

Pope Benedict added that Jesus "willingly suffered the attack of the tempter to defend us with His help and to teach us by His example."