LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy, JULY 12, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI sent a message to those attending a concert in his honor in the alpine resort where he is vacationing.
The message, made public today, was sent Wednesday to the pastor of Lorenzago di Cadore, and read at the beginning of the concert honoring the Pope on the feast of St. Benedict.
To the community of Lorenzago di Cadore, the Holy Father sent his “cordial and affectionate greetings.”
The Pope expressed his gratitude for “the welcome I was shown when I arrived in this beautiful place surrounded by magnificent woods and the majestic Dolomites.”
“I am particularly grateful,” he said in the message, “for the wishes that I enjoy a fruitful period of rest,” which he said is needed because time for rest favors “prayer, upon which I depend a lot in order to accomplish the mission the Lord has entrusted to me.”
Referring to the concert honoring “St. Benedict, patron saint of Europe on his feast day,” the Pontiff expressed his gratitude to the musician José Luis González Uriol, who played the church’s “historic organ … recently restored.”
The Holy Father also thanked the members of the schola cantorum of Lorenzago, recalling St. Augustine’s phrase that “one who sings, prays twice.”
Benedict XVI concluded the brief message with assurance of his “spiritual participation” in the event.