QUOTES BY POPE BENEDICT XVI
If we allow the love of Christ to change our heart, then we can change the world. This is the secret of authentic happiness.
follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting
in the One that loves you.
Jesus, the Word incarnate, is always the center of our announcement, the point of reference for our evangelizing mission and for its methodology, because He is the human face of God,
who wishes to meet all men and women so as to bring them into communion with Him, in His love.
Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor
of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world.
Truth is not determined by a majority
When politicians presume to do God's work, they do not become divine but diabolical.
A dictatorship of relativism is being built
that recognizes nothing as definite, and which leaves as the ultimate measure only one's ego and desires ... Having a clear faith, according to the credo of the church, is often labeled as fundamentalism. Yet relativism, that is, letting oneself being carried
'here and there by any wind of doctrine,' appears as the sole attitude good enough for modern times.
Do you want to know yourself better? Then discover silence.
Freedom is not only a gift, but a summons to personal responsibility.
The new evangelization ... begins in the confessional.
God is always faithful to His promises, but He often surprises us in the way He fulfills them.
Make sure that every person, of whatever background, can find in you a welcoming
God came into the world to reawaken the thirst for great things in us.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised
by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
The fields are still ripe for harvesting (cf. Jn
4:35); God continues to give the growth (cf. 1 Cor 3:6). We can and must believe, with the late Pope John Paul II, that God is preparing a new springtime for Christianity (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 86). What is needed above all, at this time in the history of
the Church in America, is a renewal of that apostolic zeal which inspires her shepherds actively to seek out the lost, to bind up those who have been wounded, and to bring strength to those who are languishing (cf. Ez 34:16).
It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.
I'm not a man who constantly thinks up jokes. But I think it's very important to be able to see the funny side of life and its joyful dimension and not to take everything too tragically. I'd also say it's necessary
for my ministry. A writer once said that angels can fly because they don't take themselves too seriously. Maybe we could also fly a bit if we didn't think we were so important.
Evil draws its power
from indecision and concern for what other people think.
Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord's loving heart.
The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.
Do not be afraid of seeming different and
being criticized for what might seem to be losing or out of fashion; your peers but adults too, especially those who seem more distant from the mindset and values of the Gospel, are crying out to see someone who dares to live according to the fullness of humanity
revealed by Jesus Christ.
Holiness never goes out of fashion.
Pope Benedict XVI focusing on the importance of Faith –
“The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is
always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through
that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will
it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22).”
“We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church,
and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51). Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power: “Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life”
(Jn 6:27)…Belief in Jesus Christ, then, is the way to arrive definitively at salvation.”
“The renewal of the Church is also achieved through the witness offered by the lives of believers: by
their very existence in the world, Christians are called to radiate the word of truth that the Lord Jesus has left us…the Church … clasping sinners to its bosom, at once holy and always in need of purification, follows constantly the path of
penance and renewal. The Church, ‘like a stranger in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God’, announcing the cross and death of the Lord until he comes (cf. 1 Cor 11:26).”
“In fact, there exists a profound unity between the act by which we believe and the content to which we give our assent. Saint Paul helps us to enter into this reality when he writes: “Man believes with his heart
and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved” (Rom 10:10). The heart indicates that the first act by which one comes to faith is God’s gift and the action of grace which acts and transforms the person deep within.”
“Profession of faith is an act both personal and communitarian. It is the Church that is the primary subject of faith. In the faith of the Christian community, each individual receives baptism, an effective sign of entry
into the people of believers in order to obtain salvation.”
“…We must not forget that in our cultural context, very many people, while not claiming to have the gift of faith, are nevertheless sincerely
searching for the ultimate meaning and definitive truth of their lives and of the world. This search is an authentic “preamble” to the faith, because it guides people onto the path that leads to the mystery of God. Human reason, in fact, bears
within itself a demand for “what is perennially valid and lasting”.
“During this time we will need to keep our gaze fixed upon Jesus Christ, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith”
(Heb 12:2): in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfilment. The joy of love, the answer to the drama of suffering and pain, the power of forgiveness in the face of an offence received and the victory of life over the emptiness
of death: all this finds fulfilment in the mystery of his Incarnation, in his becoming man, in his sharing our human weakness so as to transform it by the power of his resurrection.”
“By faith, the Apostles left
everything to follow their Master (cf. Mk 10:28)…By faith, the disciples formed the first community… By faith, the martyrs gave their lives… By faith, men and women have consecrated their lives to Christ… By faith, across the centuries,
men and women of all ages, whose names are written in the Book of Life (cf. Rev 7:9, 13:8), have confessed the beauty of following the Lord Jesus…By faith, we too live: by the living recognition of the Lord Jesus, present in our lives and in our history.”
“Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt. Faith and charity each require the other, in such a way that each allows the
other to set out along its respective path…through faith, we can recognize the face of the risen Lord in those who ask for our love.”
“Having reached the end of his life, Saint Paul asks his
disciple Timothy to “aim at faith” (2 Tim 2:22) with the same constancy as when he was a boy (cf. 2 Tim 3:15). We hear this invitation directed to each of us, that none of us grow lazy in the faith. It is the lifelong companion that makes it possible
to perceive, ever anew, the marvels that God works for us.”