With the Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians, Aram I, in attendance, Pope Benedict XVI coninued his catechesis on St Paul at his weekly audience.

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Papal Audience 26 November 2008

The Holy Father underlined the great ecumenical commitment of the Catholicos, calling to mind the Christian witness of the Armenian people, which includes many martyrs throughout history.

In the catechesis, Benedict XVI returned to the theme of justification, addressed by St. Paul, reiterating that if faith is not embodied in love, it is reduced to an arbitrary subjectivism that is harmful for us and for others.

If the ethics that Paul proposes to believers is not to fall into forms of moralism and prove itself to us today, it is because, every time, it takes its departure from a personal and communal relationship with Christ, aligning itself with life in the Spirit . For this reason, any ethical decay is not limited to the individual sphere but at the same time causes the devaluation of personal and communal faith. This is both a cause and a concrete effect.

Therefore, let us appropriate the reconciliation that God has given us in Christ, from the “foolish” love of God for us:nothing and no one can ever separate us from His love. We live in this certainty, this certainty gives us the strength to truly live the faith that operates through love.

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