Lesson in the Examined Life

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

We saw Pope Benedict XVI for one of the last times noon Sunday during his Angelus message. Again, he gives us, perhaps, a little window into his own prayer life, as he did on Monday. Talking about Jesus’s temptation in the desert, he told the 50,000-strong crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square, “The tempter is subtle: he does not push us directly toward evil, but to a false good.” He suggested that both “in the decisive moments of life [and,] if we look closely, in every moment, we are at a crossroads: Do we want to follow the self, or God?”

He will be on retreat with curial officials all week.