Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Indifference to God brings indifference to evil, says Pope

On Wednesday, April 20th, in his last Papal Audience before Easter, Pope Benedict reflected upon Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane when the apostles slept and how it relates to us sometimes allowing ourselves to become indifferent to God. 

Below are two excerpts from Pope Benedict's address and a link to an article summarizing it.

“It’s our very sleepiness to the presence of God that renders us insensitive to evil: we don’t hear God because we don’t want to be disturbed, and so we remain indifferent to evil."

"Stay awake and keep vigil ... is a permanent message for all time because the disciples’ sleepiness is not a problem of that one moment, but rather of the whole of history, ‘the sleepiness’ is ours, of those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion.”