Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: The Liturgy Should inspire Christians to be Good Citizens

Posted by Kendall Harmon

From Zenit:

The liturgy should inspire Catholics to contribute to bettering the world with testimony and social action, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone said this in a message sent on behalf of Benedict XVI to the 58th Italian National Liturgical Week, in progress in Spoleto through Friday.

"To live as a Christian, we must harmonize personal faithfulness to Christ with 'citizenship,' with a commitment to being present in the world as his witnesses," Cardinal Bertone wrote.

He continued: "Each liturgical celebration helps to carry out a wise reading of history with an attentive discernment of events, so that the soul of believers will open to the eschatological prospective that enables them to work in the earthly city while looking beyond what is passing, to catch a glimpse of the Risen One.

"Christians, throughout history, knew how to recognize what is good, true, noble and positive in the various societies in which they found themselves.

"Aware of Christ's invitation to be 'salt' and 'leaven' of the earth, they worked, sustained by the Holy Spirit, to animate, with the richness of evangelical love, the cultures and traditions of their time."

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