Following the Gospel is not adhering to a doctrine or code of ethics but entails truly following the person of Christ in one's life, Pope Benedict said.
Through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, "we can turn with trust to God our Father, confident that, in doing his will, we shall find true freedom and peace," he said during his weekly general audience Dec. 7.
In his talk, Pope Benedict said God chooses to share true knowledge of the divine with "the little ones."
Only those who are pure of heart and are open to God's will can see the face of God in Jesus, he said.
"But we need God, we need to meet him, listen to him and talk to him," and only through him will people find peace.