VATICAN CITY, DEC. 9, 2009 (Zenit.org).- God wants to "do great things" in the lives of young people, just as he did for the Virgin Mary, Benedict XVI says.
The Pope reflected on Mary today when he offered his customary greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds at the end of the general audience.
He noted how Tuesday was the feast of the Immaculate Conception, saying the celebration "reminds us of Mary's singular adherence to God's salvific plan."
"Dear young people, make an effort to imitate [Mary] with a pure and transparent heart, letting yourselves be molded by God who also in you wills to 'do great things,'" the Holy Father said, citing St. Luke.
And he added: "Dear sick people, with the help of Mary always trust the Lord, who knows your sufferings and, uniting them to his, offers them for the salvation of the world. "
And you, dear newlyweds, make your home in imitation of that of Nazareth, welcoming and open to life."