In our local newspaper the Morning Call there was an article on the Pope’s investiture yesterday. The conclusion of the article had the following quote:
After addressing himself to Catholics, other Christians and “my brothers and sisters of the Jewish people,” [Pope Benedict XVI] signaled his intention to address the whole world.
“Finally, like a wave gathering force, my thoughts go out to all men and women of today, to believers and non-believers alike,” he said.
That increasingly secular world also inspired the kind of spiritual and cultural critique for which Ratzinger became known during more than two decades in the top tier of papal advisers.
“There is the desert of poverty, the desert of hunger and thirst, the desert of abandonment, of loneliness, of destroyed love. There is the desert of God’s darkness, the emptiness of souls no longer aware of their dignity or the goal of human life.”
“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast,” he continued.
As I wrote to a friend today, this is why it is important for Christians to pray, fast, worship, and receive the Eucharist on a regular basis to shore up their strength and faith in God. We must be ever vigilant with our own testimony so that the Water and Bread of Life are ready for those who thirst and to quench our own thirst because we ALL live in the desert.
When is the last time you took a drink unto salvation?