Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Most people don’t leave any time in their day to stop, listen and reflect on what God is doing and saying in their lives, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Our time is taken up by so many activities, commitments, worries and problems that often one tends to fill up one’s whole day without having a second left for stopping to reflect and nourish one’s spiritual life” by having contact with God, he said Aug. 17 as he held his weekly general audience in the courtyard of the papal summer villa at Castel Gandolfo. The pope continued his series of talks on prayer by focusing on meditation and the role it plays in a Christian life. He said it is essential to consistently find a moment every day to be able to “collect our thoughts in silence and meditate on what the Lord wants to teach us, since he is present and acts in the world and our lives.” Since the way to heaven involves believing in God, trusting in him and carrying out his will, each individual needs to be able to hear and understand what God is saying and wants for each person, and that happens through prayer and meditation, he said. Meditation “means to remember how much God has done” and the bounty of his gifts, he said. “Often we only see the negative,” he said, and people must also reflect on all the positive things in their lives.

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS)