At his Sunday public audience on July 22, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the image of Jesus as Good Shepherd, and on the most famous of the “lost sheep,” St. Mary Magdalene.
Noting that the date (July 22) was the saint’s feast day, the Holy Father reminded his audience that Jesus “saved her from utter servitude to the Evil One.” The result was a “profound healing,” he said, which produced “true and complete peace.”
The Pope held his Sunday audience in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, where he is currently vacationing.
While God wants what is best for his children, Satan is busy “sowing strife in the human heart,” the Pope said. The unhappy results can be seen in troubled personal relations and in international conflicts. But the Good Shepherd works to repair the damage. “The Evil One spreads war; God creates peace,” the Pope concluded.