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Week of February 25, 2008
Lent is time to live as witnesses of charity - pope
By JOHN THAVIS
Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict said Lent was a time for Christians to live as “witnesses of charity,” demonstrating that love is a defining characteristic of their faith.
“Lent is a privileged time for all Christians to recommit themselves to conversion and spiritual renewal. In this way, we rekindle a genuine faith in Christ, a life-giving relationship with God and a more fervent dedication to the Gospel,” the pope said at his general audience Feb. 20.
“Strengthened by the conviction that love is the distinguishing mark of Christian believers, I encourage you to persevere in bearing witness to charity in your daily lives.”
The pope continued his series of audience talks on St. Augustine, citing numerous works that have influenced the life of the Church and helped form Western culture.
“Although Augustine is renowned for his towering intellect and vast body of writings, his concern was always to spread the Christian message. So it was more useful for him to communicate the faith in a comprehensive way to everyone rather than write great theological works.”