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September 7, 2009
Radical humility needed in a world of sin – pope
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
VATICAN CITY - In a world full of vice and sin, people need to radically change their lives, becoming more humble and less materialistic, Pope Benedict said.
"May we be able to find the source of joy that comes from God's goodness" and say "no" to the vices of the world, he said at his weekly general audience Sept. 2.
The pope, resuming a series of audience talks about influential Christian writers from the Middle Ages, focused his catechesis on St. Odo, a 10th-century Benedictine monk and abbot of Cluny, France.
St. Odo urged his monks and the faithful to face "the enormity of vices widespread throughout society."
The Christian response that he taught is to undergo "a radical change in life based on humility, austerity and detachment from ephemeral things and participation with the eternal," said the pope.
The pope said the saint was also devoted to the Eucharist and emphasized the real and substantial presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine.
Pope Benedict underlined the importance of embracing this truth "with renewed strength" because the presence of God, the creator, among humanity "transforms us, and just as he transformed bread and wine, he transforms the world."