Posts Tagged ‘Benedict XVI’

We Had a Very Good Shepherd

In 14 Book Corner on 2013/02/15 at 1:11 AM

From George Weigel’s Foreword to LIGHT OF THE WORLD by Pope Benedict XVI:

“Popes, if they have the wit and the stomach for it, see the whole picture-the entirety of the human drama, in both its nobility and its wickedness.  And they see it through the prism of humanity’s origins and humanity’s ultimate destiny.”

He quotes Morris West (SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN) who said “The man who wore the Fisherman’s ring and the triple tiara carried also the sins of the world like a leaden cope on his shoulders….Only a fool would envy him the power and the glory and the terror of such a principality.”

Of Benedict, Weigel says that he “brought to the papacy more than a half-century of reflection on the truths of biblical faith and a master teacher’s capacity to explicate those truths and bring them to bear on contemporary situations in a luminously clear way…..whose command of the Bible, the Fathers, and the theological traditions of the Christian West and the Christian East is simply unparalleled….a thoroughgoing Christian disciple who believes that friendship with Jesus is the key to human happiness…”   He calls him “a man of exquisite manners and a pastor’s kind heart ” and credits him with now “reforming the papacy by returning it to its evangelical roots as an office of witness to the truth of God in Christ…from the unique vantage point of the papacy, seeing a world yearning for love but attaching itself to false loves.”

Seewald, Peter LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Ignatius Press


Learn to “see” God again

In 07 Observations on 2011/09/23 at 10:00 AM

“You may ask me: ‘But, does God exist? And if He exists does He really concern Himself with us? Can we reach Him?’ It is, indeed, true that we cannot place God on the table, we cannot touch Him or pick Him up like an ordinary object. We must rediscover our capacity to perceive God, a capacity that exists within us. We can get some idea of the greatness of God in the greatness of the Cosmos. We can use the world through technology because the world is built in a rational way; and in the great rationality of the world we can get some idea of the Creator Spirit from which it comes; in the beauty of creation we can get some idea of the beauty, the greatness and the goodness of God. In Holy Scripture we hear the words of eternal life; they do not simply come from men, they come from Him and in them we hear His voice. Finally, we may also catch some glimpse of God through meeting people who have been touched by Him. I am not just thinking of the great (of Paul, Francis of Assisi or Mother Teresa), I am thinking of the many simple people about whom nobody speaks. Yet when we meet them they emanate some quality of goodness, sincerity and joy, and we know that God is there and that He also touches us.Let us commit ourselves to seeing God again, to becoming people who bring the light of hope into the world, a light that comes from God and that helps us to live”.

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Benedict XVI – Parable of the Sower

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/08/23 at 11:11 PM

God Attract Us With the Goodness of His Incarnate Son

“Jesus addresses the multitude with the famous parable of the sower. “In some way this is an ‘autobiographical’ episode”, he said, “because it reflects Jesus’ own experience as a preacher. He identifies Himself with the sower who, while spreading the good seed of God’s Word, becomes aware of the differing effects it produces depending on the way it is accepted. There are those who listen superficially but fail to welcome it; those who accept it immediately but have no constancy and lose everything; those who are overwhelmed by the cares and lures of the world, and those who receive and absorb it like good soil, for them the Word brings forth abundant fruit.

“Yet this Gospel narrative also highlights the ‘method’ of Jesus’ preaching; in other words, His use of parables”, the Holy Father added. “His disciples ask Him: ‘why do you speak to them in parables?’ Jesus replies by distinguishing between the disciples and the crowds: to the former, who have already chosen to follow Him, He can speak openly of the Kingdom of God, but to others He has to use parables in order to simulate a decision, a conversion of heart. This is because parables, by their nature, require an effort of interpretation, they appeal to our intelligence but also to our freedom.

…In the final analysis the true ‘Parable’ of God is Jesus Himself … Who, in human form, both hides and reveals divinity. Thus, God does not force us to believe in Him; rather, He draws us to Him with the truth and goodness of His incarnate Son. Love, in fact, always respects freedom”.

VATICAN CITY, 10 JUL 2011 ANG/VIS 20110711 (420)

Benedict XVI “Upon this rock I will build my Church”

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2011/08/22 at 11:11 AM

The Lord directly questioned the Twelve: “But who do you say that I am?”. Peter spoke enthusiastically and authoritatively on behalf of them all: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. This solemn profession of faith the Church continues to repeat since then.

Today too, we long to proclaim with an innermost conviction: “Yes, Jesus, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”. Let us do so in the awareness that Christ is the true “treasure” (Mt 13,44) for whom it is worth sacrificing everything; he is the friend who never abandons us for he knows the most intimate expectations of our hearts. Jesus is the “Son of the living God”, the promised Messiah who came down to earth to offer humanity salvation and to satisfy the thirst for life and love that dwells in every human being. What an advantage humanity would have in welcoming this proclamation which brings with it joy and peace!

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus answers Peter’s inspired profession of faith: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven”. This is the first time that Jesus speaks of the Church, whose mission is the actuation of God’s great design to gather the whole of humanity into a single family in Christ. Peter’s mission, and that of his Successors, is precisely to serve this unity of the one Church of God formed of Jews and pagans of all peoples; his indispensable ministry is to ensure that she is never identified with a single nation, with a single culture, but is the Church of all peoples – to make present among men and women, scarred by innumerable divisions and conflicts, God’s peace and the renewing power of his love. This, then, is the special mission of the Pope, Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter: to serve the inner unity that comes from God’s peace, the unity of those who have become brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.

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