Photo of the day – There are so many forms of desert

  

It is not a matter of indifference that so many people are living in the desert. And there are so many forms of desert. There is the desert of poverty, the desert of hunger and thirst, the desert of abandonment, of loneliness, of destroyed love. There is the desert of God’s darkness, the emptiness of souls no longer aware of their dignity or the goal of human life. The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast…

Pope Benedict XVI
Homily at Mass for the Inauguration of the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI
St. Peter’s Square
Sunday, April 24, 2005