Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, p. 35
Friday, February 22, 2013
For Your Lenten Motivation: Words On Penance from Pope Benedict
This is from Light of the World, in the context of discussing the proper response to the sex abuse scandals and recovering the joy of the priesthood itself:
The concept of penance, which is one of the fundamental elements of the Old Testament message, is something we have increasingly lost. People somehow wanted to say only positive things. But the negative things do exist; that is a fact. The fact that one can change and allow oneself to be changed through penance is a positive gift. The early Church viewed it in this way also. It is imperative now really to start over in the spirit of penance—and at the same time not to lose our joy in the priesthood but to recover it again.