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Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”

The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.

— Pope Benedict XVI



Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.”

Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If we allow the love of Christ to change our heart, then we can change the world. This is the secret of authentic happiness.”

If we allow the love of Christ to change our heart, then we can change the world. This is the secret of authentic happiness.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “One who has hope lives differently.”

One who has hope lives differently.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Truth is not determined by a majority vote.”

Truth is not determined by a majority vote.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope, for itself and for the world.”

Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope, for itself and for the world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints.”

A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God is always faithful to His promises, but He often surprises us in the way He fulfills them.”

God is always faithful to His promises, but He often surprises us in the way He fulfills them.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.”

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything.”

Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives.”

With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Do you want to know yourself better? Then discover silence.”

Do you want to know yourself better? Then discover silence.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Church is missionary by nature and her principal task is evangelization, which aims to proclaim and to witness to Christ and to promote his Gospel of peace and love in every environment and culture.”

The Church is missionary by nature and her principal task is evangelization, which aims to proclaim and to witness to Christ and to promote his Gospel of peace and love in every environment and culture.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Everything in this world will pass away. In eternity only Love will remain.”

Everything in this world will pass away. In eternity only Love will remain.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God is our Father and loves us, even when his silence remains incomprehensible.”

God is our Father and loves us, even when his silence remains incomprehensible.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.”

Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Consecrated life means going to the very root of the love of Jesus Christ with an undivided heart and putting nothing ahead of this love.”

Consecrated life means going to the very root of the love of Jesus Christ with an undivided heart and putting nothing ahead of this love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Purity of heart is what enables us to see.”

Purity of heart is what enables us to see.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Do not be afraid to say ‘yes’ to Jesus: to find your joy in doing His will.”

Do not be afraid to say ‘yes’ to Jesus: to find your joy in doing His will.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the Earth.”

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the Earth.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist.”

The happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life...”

Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life...

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Friends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness. Listen to God. Adore Him in the Eucharist.”

Friends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness. Listen to God. Adore Him in the Eucharist.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us.”

Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I have a mustard seed; and I am not afraid to use it.”

I have a mustard seed; and I am not afraid to use it.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “During the season of Lent which begins today, we renew our commitment to the path of conversion, making more room for God in our lives.”

During the season of Lent which begins today, we renew our commitment to the path of conversion, making more room for God in our lives.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”

We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.”

The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call.”

The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness.”

Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “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.”

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.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Music, great music, distends the spirit, arouses profound emotions and almost naturally invites us to raise our minds and hearts to God in all situations of human existence, the joyful and the sad. Music can become prayer.”

Music, great music, distends the spirit, arouses profound emotions and almost naturally invites us to raise our minds and hearts to God in all situations of human existence, the joyful and the sad. Music can become prayer.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed.”

If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.”

To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Because the truth of God is love, conversion to God is conversion to love.”

Because the truth of God is love, conversion to God is conversion to love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The destruction of the environment, its improper or selfish use, and the violent hoarding of the Earth’s resources cause grievances, conflicts and wars, precisely because they are the consequences of an inhumane concept of development.”

The destruction of the environment, its improper or selfish use, and the violent hoarding of the Earth’s resources cause grievances, conflicts and wars, precisely because they are the consequences of an inhumane concept of development.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.”

Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God loves us despite our shortcomings and sins, and his love gives meaning to our lives and to the life of the world.”

God loves us despite our shortcomings and sins, and his love gives meaning to our lives and to the life of the world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.”

Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations, and towards humanity as a whole.”

The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations, and towards humanity as a whole.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Catholic Church is not dead, it is not even tired!”

The Catholic Church is not dead, it is not even tired!

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity.”

To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Art is elemental. Reason alone as it’s expressed in the sciences can’t be man’s complete answer to reality, and it can’t express everything that man can, wants to, and has to express. I think God built this into man. Art along with science is the highest gift God has given him.”

Art is elemental. Reason alone as it’s expressed in the sciences can’t be man’s complete answer to reality, and it can’t express everything that man can, wants to, and has to express. I think God built this into man. Art along with science is the highest gift God has given him.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own “yes” to God, for he wishes to give himself to you.”

Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own “yes” to God, for he wishes to give himself to you.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.”

The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Help each other to live and to grow in the Christian faith so as to be valiant witnesses of the Lord. Be united, but not closed. Be humble, but not fearful. Be simple, but not naive. Be thoughtful, but not complicated. Enter into dialogue with others, but be yourselves.”

Help each other to live and to grow in the Christian faith so as to be valiant witnesses of the Lord. Be united, but not closed. Be humble, but not fearful. Be simple, but not naive. Be thoughtful, but not complicated. Enter into dialogue with others, but be yourselves.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If you 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.”

If you 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.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dear young people, the Church depends on you! She needs your lively faith, your creative charity and the energy of your hope. Your presence renews, rejuvenates and gives new energy to the Church.”

Dear young people, the Church depends on you! She needs your lively faith, your creative charity and the energy of your hope. Your presence renews, rejuvenates and gives new energy to the Church.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Almsgiving, according to the Gospel, is not mere philanthropy; rather it is a concrete expression of charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross, gave his entire self for us.”

Almsgiving, according to the Gospel, is not mere philanthropy; rather it is a concrete expression of charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross, gave his entire self for us.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Global interconnectedness has led to the emergence of a new political power, that of consumers and their associations. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act.”

Global interconnectedness has led to the emergence of a new political power, that of consumers and their associations. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act.

— Pope Benedict XVI

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