The only thing that separates a saint from a sinner is that a saint looks less at himself and more at Christ and his love, says the Pope speaking from Lourdes last month.
Look to Christ
"This evening, we do not see them," the Pontiff continued, "but we hear them saying to us, to every man and to every woman among us: 'Come, let the Master call you! He is here! He is calling you! He wants to take your life and join it to his. Let yourself be embraced by him! Gaze no longer upon your own wounds, gaze upon his.
"'Do not look upon what still separates you from him and from others; look upon the infinite distance that he has abolished by taking your flesh, by mounting the Cross which men had prepared for him, and by letting himself be put to death so as to show you his love.
"'In his wounds, he takes hold of you; in his wounds, he hides you. Do not refuse his love!'”
The saints, said the Holy Father, "have allowed themselves to be embraced by his Love," and they "never cease to intercede for us."
Benedict XVI continued, "They were sinners and they knew it, but they willingly ceased to gaze upon their own wounds and to gaze only upon the wounds of their Lord, so as to discover there the glory of the cross, to discover there the victory of life over death."
"Remain in silent adoration of your Lord," the Pope urged the crowd. "Remain silent, then speak and tell the world: We cannot be silent about what we know.
"Go and tell the whole world the marvels of God, present at every moment of our lives, in every place on earth."
Excerpted from Pope Benedict's address at Lourdes last month.