Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict

November 26, 2012

Far from being just a moral or ethical code, Christianity is “an experience of love; it’s welcoming the person of Jesus,” Pope Benedict said.

“Many people today have a limited concept of what the Christian faith is because they identify it with a mere system of beliefs and values and not with the truth of a God revealing himself in history, eager to communicate with humanity one-on-one in a relationship of love,” he said.

Faith “isn’t an illusion, escapism, a comfortable safe haven or sentimentalism,” rather it is something that engages one’s whole life and it proclaims the Gospel with courage, the pope said Nov. 14 during his weekly general audience.

United with God, people of faith are “not afraid of showing their beliefs in everyday life,” he said.