Prayer and Action

Pope Benedict XVI has always transcended the labels of conservative and liberal and has done so in many ways.  He is about as balanced as they come and always desires to point us back to the most fundamental reality, that is, relationship with Christ as the foundation.  Here is another excerpt from his message for Lent 2013:

The Christian life consists in continuously scaling the mountain to meet God and then coming back down, bearing the love and strength drawn from him, so as to serve our brothers and sisters with God’s own love. In sacred Scripture, we see how the zeal of the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel and awaken people’s faith is closely related to their charitable concern to be of service to the poor (cf. Acts 6:1-4). In the Church, contemplation and action, symbolized in some way by the Gospel figures of Mary and Martha, have to coexist and complement each other (cf. Lk 10:38-42). The relationship with God must always be the priority, and any true sharing of goods, in the spirit of the Gospel, must be rooted in faith.