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Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.”

Without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.

— Pope Benedict XVI



Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We become new if we let ourselves be grasped and shaped by the new Man, Jesus Christ. He is the new Man par excellence. In him the new human existence became reality and we can truly become new if we deliver ourselves into his hands and let ourselves be moulded by him.”

We become new if we let ourselves be grasped and shaped by the new Man, Jesus Christ. He is the new Man par excellence. In him the new human existence became reality and we can truly become new if we deliver ourselves into his hands and let ourselves be moulded by him.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.”

We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Indeed, truth draws strength from itself and not from the number of votes in its favour.”

Indeed, truth draws strength from itself and not from the number of votes in its favour.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth.”

I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The capacity to accept suffering for the sake of goodness, truth and justice is an essential criterion of humanity, because if my own well-being and safety are ultimately more important than truth and justice, then the power of the stronger prevails, then violence and untruth reigns supreme.”

The capacity to accept suffering for the sake of goodness, truth and justice is an essential criterion of humanity, because if my own well-being and safety are ultimately more important than truth and justice, then the power of the stronger prevails, then violence and untruth reigns supreme.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Forgiveness does not replace justice.”

Forgiveness does not replace justice.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.”

Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Everything is a gift from God: it is only by recognizing this crucial dependence on the Creator that we will find freedom and peace.”

Everything is a gift from God: it is only by recognizing this crucial dependence on the Creator that we will find freedom and peace.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Silence ‘is so lacking in this world which is often too noisy, which is not favorable to recollection and listening to the voice of God. In this time of preparation for Christmas, let us cultivate interior recollection so as to receive and keep Jesus in our lives.’”

Silence ‘is so lacking in this world which is often too noisy, which is not favorable to recollection and listening to the voice of God. In this time of preparation for Christmas, let us cultivate interior recollection so as to receive and keep Jesus in our lives.’

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.”

Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time.”

Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a “new creation”, capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.”

The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a “new creation”, capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Do not believe that living together before marriage guarantees the future. By burning certain stages, you risk burning love itself. Time needs to be respected gradually, just like the expressions of love.”

Do not believe that living together before marriage guarantees the future. By burning certain stages, you risk burning love itself. Time needs to be respected gradually, just like the expressions of love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty.”

Love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God seeks us where we are, not so that we stay there, but so that we may come to be where He is, so that we may get beyond ourselves.”

God seeks us where we are, not so that we stay there, but so that we may come to be where He is, so that we may get beyond ourselves.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Rediscover the joy of believing.”

Rediscover the joy of believing.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The fundamental task of the evangelization of culture is the challenge to make God visible in the human face of Jesus.”

The fundamental task of the evangelization of culture is the challenge to make God visible in the human face of Jesus.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time.”

The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Eternity is not an unending succession of days in the calendar, but something more like the supreme moment of satisfaction, in which totality embraces us and we embrace totality.”

Eternity is not an unending succession of days in the calendar, but something more like the supreme moment of satisfaction, in which totality embraces us and we embrace totality.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Faith was intended precisely for the simple, but the quest for certainty and simplicity becomes dangerous when it leads to fanaticism and narrow-mindedness. When reason as such becomes suspect, then faith itself becomes falsified.”

Faith was intended precisely for the simple, but the quest for certainty and simplicity becomes dangerous when it leads to fanaticism and narrow-mindedness. When reason as such becomes suspect, then faith itself becomes falsified.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In the eyes of the unrighteous it appeared that God did not intervene and that His Son died, but for believers it was at that precise moment that true glory was manifested and definitive salvation achieved.”

In the eyes of the unrighteous it appeared that God did not intervene and that His Son died, but for believers it was at that precise moment that true glory was manifested and definitive salvation achieved.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God came into the world to reawaken the thirst for great things in us.”

God came into the world to reawaken the thirst for great things in us.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Church’s mission is not political in nature. Her task is to open the world to the religious sense by proclaiming Christ.”

The Church’s mission is not political in nature. Her task is to open the world to the religious sense by proclaiming Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Men and women were created for something great, for infinity. Nothing else will ever be enough.”

Men and women were created for something great, for infinity. Nothing else will ever be enough.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith.”

Art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Nature expresses a design of love and truth.”

Nature expresses a design of love and truth.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life.”

The Catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “What does Sunday, the day of the Lord, mean for us? It is a day for rest and for family, but first of all a day for Him.”

What does Sunday, the day of the Lord, mean for us? It is a day for rest and for family, but first of all a day for Him.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Everyone should educate themselves in more wise and responsible consumption; promote personal responsibility, along with the social dimension of rural activities, which are based on perennial values, such as hospitality, solidarity, and the sharing of the toil of labor.”

Everyone should educate themselves in more wise and responsible consumption; promote personal responsibility, along with the social dimension of rural activities, which are based on perennial values, such as hospitality, solidarity, and the sharing of the toil of labor.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Rock music is a vehicle of anti-religion.”

Rock music is a vehicle of anti-religion.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak. He knows that God is love and that God’s presence is felt at the very time when the only thing we do is to love.”

A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak. He knows that God is love and that God’s presence is felt at the very time when the only thing we do is to love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “With the Eucharist, therefore, heaven comes down to earth, the tomorrow of God descends into the present and it is as if time remains embraced by divine eternity.”

With the Eucharist, therefore, heaven comes down to earth, the tomorrow of God descends into the present and it is as if time remains embraced by divine eternity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.”

Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The evangelization of the person and of human communities depends totally on this encounter with Jesus Christ.”

The evangelization of the person and of human communities depends totally on this encounter with Jesus Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Joy is the true gift of Christmas, and we can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.”

Joy is the true gift of Christmas, and we can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises.”

Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “What is capable of restoring enthusiasm and confidence, what can encourage the human spirit to rediscover its path, to raise its eyes to the horizon, to dream of a life worthy of its vocation – if not beauty?”

What is capable of restoring enthusiasm and confidence, what can encourage the human spirit to rediscover its path, to raise its eyes to the horizon, to dream of a life worthy of its vocation – if not beauty?

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Listen to the voice of the earth...”

Listen to the voice of the earth...

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Holiness never goes out of fashion.”

Holiness never goes out of fashion.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Grace, lavished upon us by God and communicated through the Mystery of the Incarnate Word, is an absolutely free gift with which nature is healed, strengthened and assisted in pursuing the innate desire for happiness in the heart of every man and of every woman.”

Grace, lavished upon us by God and communicated through the Mystery of the Incarnate Word, is an absolutely free gift with which nature is healed, strengthened and assisted in pursuing the innate desire for happiness in the heart of every man and of every woman.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Joy is the true gift of Christmas...”

Joy is the true gift of Christmas...

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Today, the need to avoid confusing marriage with other types of unions based on weak love is especially urgent. It is only the rock of total, irrevocable love between a man and a woman that can serve as the foundation on which to build a society that will become a home for all mankind.”

Today, the need to avoid confusing marriage with other types of unions based on weak love is especially urgent. It is only the rock of total, irrevocable love between a man and a woman that can serve as the foundation on which to build a society that will become a home for all mankind.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea.”

Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Est autem fides sperandarum substantia rerum, argumentum non apparentium. – Faith is the hypostasis of things hoped for; the proof of things not seen.”

Est autem fides sperandarum substantia rerum, argumentum non apparentium. – Faith is the hypostasis of things hoped for; the proof of things not seen.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “An authentic updating of sacred music can take place only in the lineage of the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.”

An authentic updating of sacred music can take place only in the lineage of the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “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.”

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.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional – rather than as an encounter with Christ – which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.”

Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional – rather than as an encounter with Christ – which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “To make the sign of the cross is to pronounce a visible and public yes to him who died for us and who is risen, to the God who in the humility and weakness of his love is omnipotent, stronger than all the power and intelligence of the world.”

To make the sign of the cross is to pronounce a visible and public yes to him who died for us and who is risen, to the God who in the humility and weakness of his love is omnipotent, stronger than all the power and intelligence of the world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.”

In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.

— Pope Benedict XVI

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