Pope Benedict’s last words of 2007 and his first Wednesday audience two days ago link together nicely:
In his last public appearance of 2007, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the “the dark evil of modern Western society,” caused by a “deficit of hope and trust in life.” The darkness, he said, can be dispelled only by faith
Pope Benedict suggested that Christians should start out the new year by calling upon Mary’s intercession, asking her to “help us to be true friends of her Son and courageous architects of his Kingdom in the world: a Kingdom of light and truth.”
Courage and faith through Mary, is necessary for those who are to be architects of God’s kingdom in this world. The last and first place to look is at the foot of the Cross.
A “deficit of hope and trust in life” leads men to run from the Cross. We need to stand and fight.