Pontiff Offers a Way to Grow in Love for Jesus
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 10, 2009 (www.Zenit.org) - This week's feast of Corpus Christi is a chance to grow in love for Jesus in the Eucharist, says Benedict XVI.
The Pope spoke today of the upcoming feast -- celebrated Thursday in the Vatican and in many other countries -- when he gave his traditional greeting to the sick, the young and newlyweds before concluding the general audience in St. Peter's Square.
"The feast of Corpus Christi, which we celebrate tomorrow, offers us the occasion to go deeper in our faith and in our love for the Eucharist," he said.
The Holy Father will preside over a Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran and then process with the Eucharist to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he will give benediction.
The Pontiff addressed youth and children who have just made their first Communion to express his hope that "the sacrament of the Body and the Blood of Christ would be the spiritual nourishment of each day to move forward along the path to sanctity."
He presented the Eucharist to the sick as their "support and consolation in trials and in suffering."
And the Pope expressed his wish for newlyweds that the Eucharist be "the deep motive for your love that is expressed in your daily actions."