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Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “After the evil spirit of a narrow Scholastic orthodoxy has been driven out, in the end seven much more wicked spirits return in its place.”

After the evil spirit of a narrow Scholastic orthodoxy has been driven out, in the end seven much more wicked spirits return in its place.

— Pope Benedict XVI



Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Violence does not build up the kingdom of God, the kingdom of humanity. On the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the Antichrist, however idealistic its religious motivation may be. It serves, not humanity, but inhumanity.”

Violence does not build up the kingdom of God, the kingdom of humanity. On the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the Antichrist, however idealistic its religious motivation may be. It serves, not humanity, but inhumanity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In that sense these two moments – the virgin birth and the real resurrection from the tomb – are the cornerstones of faith. If.”

In that sense these two moments – the virgin birth and the real resurrection from the tomb – are the cornerstones of faith. If.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In his self-offering on the Cross, Jesus, as it were, brings all the sin of the world deep within the love of God and wipes it away.”

In his self-offering on the Cross, Jesus, as it were, brings all the sin of the world deep within the love of God and wipes it away.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God’s dialogue with us becomes truly human, since God conducts his part as man.”

God’s dialogue with us becomes truly human, since God conducts his part as man.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Creed, which is a sort of Gospel synthesis, helps us understand what it means and how we should read the Gospel itself.”

The Creed, which is a sort of Gospel synthesis, helps us understand what it means and how we should read the Gospel itself.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If the Letter to the Hebrews treats the entire Passion as a prayer in which Jesus wrestles with God the Father and at the same time with human nature, it also sheds new light on the theological depth of the Mount of Olives prayer. For these cries and pleas are seen as Jesus’ way of exercising his high priesthood. It is through his cries, his tears, and his prayers that Jesus does what the high priest is meant to do: he holds up to God the anguish of human existence.”

If the Letter to the Hebrews treats the entire Passion as a prayer in which Jesus wrestles with God the Father and at the same time with human nature, it also sheds new light on the theological depth of the Mount of Olives prayer. For these cries and pleas are seen as Jesus’ way of exercising his high priesthood. It is through his cries, his tears, and his prayers that Jesus does what the high priest is meant to do: he holds up to God the anguish of human existence.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Jesus assumes, as it were, the fall of man, lets himself into man’s fallenness, prays to the Father out of the lowest depths of human dereliction and anguish. He lays his will in the will of the Father’s: “Not my will but yours be done.” He lays the human will in the divine. He takes up all the hesitation of the human will and endures it. It is this very conforming of the human will to the divine that is the heart of redemption.”

Jesus assumes, as it were, the fall of man, lets himself into man’s fallenness, prays to the Father out of the lowest depths of human dereliction and anguish. He lays his will in the will of the Father’s: “Not my will but yours be done.” He lays the human will in the divine. He takes up all the hesitation of the human will and endures it. It is this very conforming of the human will to the divine that is the heart of redemption.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Knowing is not simply a material act, since the object that is known always conceals something beyond the empirical datum. All our knowledge, even the most simple, is always a minor miracle, since it can never be fully explained by the material instruments that we apply to it. In every truth there is something more than we would have expected, in the love that we receive there is always an element that surprises us.”

Knowing is not simply a material act, since the object that is known always conceals something beyond the empirical datum. All our knowledge, even the most simple, is always a minor miracle, since it can never be fully explained by the material instruments that we apply to it. In every truth there is something more than we would have expected, in the love that we receive there is always an element that surprises us.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Let us say plainly: the unredeemed state of the world consists precisely in the failure to understand the meaning of creation, in the failure to recognize truth; as a result, the rule of pragmatism is imposed, by which the strong arm of the powerful becomes the god of this world.”

Let us say plainly: the unredeemed state of the world consists precisely in the failure to understand the meaning of creation, in the failure to recognize truth; as a result, the rule of pragmatism is imposed, by which the strong arm of the powerful becomes the god of this world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If the world and man do not come from a creative intelligence, which stores within itself their measures and plots the path of human existence, then all that is left are traffic rules for human behavior, which can be discarded or maintained according to their usefulness.”

If the world and man do not come from a creative intelligence, which stores within itself their measures and plots the path of human existence, then all that is left are traffic rules for human behavior, which can be discarded or maintained according to their usefulness.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Mary had said: “Your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” Jesus corrects her: I am with my father. My father is not Joseph, but another – God himself. It is to him that I belong, and here I am with him. Could Jesus’ divine sonship be presented any more clearly?”

Mary had said: “Your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” Jesus corrects her: I am with my father. My father is not Joseph, but another – God himself. It is to him that I belong, and here I am with him. Could Jesus’ divine sonship be presented any more clearly?

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Finally, it has become increasingly clear to me that God is not, let’s say, a ruling power, a distant force; rather he is love and he loves me – and as such, life should be guided by him, by this power called love.”

Finally, it has become increasingly clear to me that God is not, let’s say, a ruling power, a distant force; rather he is love and he loves me – and as such, life should be guided by him, by this power called love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We throw ourselves down, as Jesus did, before the mystery of God’s power present to us, knowing that the Cross is the true burning bush, the place of the flame of God’s love, which burns but does not destroy.”

We throw ourselves down, as Jesus did, before the mystery of God’s power present to us, knowing that the Cross is the true burning bush, the place of the flame of God’s love, which burns but does not destroy.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become “one flesh”, so in Communion we all become “one spirit”, one person, with Christ.”

In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become “one flesh”, so in Communion we all become “one spirit”, one person, with Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God is love. But love can also be hated when it challenges us to transcend ourselves. It is not a romantic “good feeling.” Redemption is not “wellness,” it is not about basking in self-indulgence; on the contrary it is a liberation from imprisonment in self-absorption. This liberation comes at a price: the anguish of the Cross. The prophecy of light and that of the Cross belong together.”

God is love. But love can also be hated when it challenges us to transcend ourselves. It is not a romantic “good feeling.” Redemption is not “wellness,” it is not about basking in self-indulgence; on the contrary it is a liberation from imprisonment in self-absorption. This liberation comes at a price: the anguish of the Cross. The prophecy of light and that of the Cross belong together.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “As something that breaks out of history and transcends it, the Resurrection nevertheless has its origin within history and up to a certain point still belongs there. Perhaps we could put it this way: Jesus’ Resurrection points beyond history but has left a footprint within history. Therefore it can be attested by witnesses as an event of an entirely new kind.”

As something that breaks out of history and transcends it, the Resurrection nevertheless has its origin within history and up to a certain point still belongs there. Perhaps we could put it this way: Jesus’ Resurrection points beyond history but has left a footprint within history. Therefore it can be attested by witnesses as an event of an entirely new kind.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “As a spiritual being, the human creature is defined through interpersonal relations. The more authentically he or she lives these relations, the more his or her own personal identity matures. It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God.”

As a spiritual being, the human creature is defined through interpersonal relations. The more authentically he or she lives these relations, the more his or her own personal identity matures. It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Intelligence and love are not in separate compartments: love is rich in intelligence and intelligence is full of love.”

Intelligence and love are not in separate compartments: love is rich in intelligence and intelligence is full of love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Jesus takes upon himself the whole of humanity, the whole history of man, and he gives it a decisive re-orientation toward a new manner of human existence.”

Jesus takes upon himself the whole of humanity, the whole history of man, and he gives it a decisive re-orientation toward a new manner of human existence.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, for repentance, for willingness to start again and, especially, for reconciliation and forgiveness.”

Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, for repentance, for willingness to start again and, especially, for reconciliation and forgiveness.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Jesus’ freedom is not the freedom of the liberal. It is the freedom of the Son, and thus the freedom of the truly devout person. As Son, Jesus brings a new freedom: not the freedom of someone with no obligations, but the freedom of someone totally united with the Father’s will, someone who helps mankind to attain the freedom of inner oneness with God.”

Jesus’ freedom is not the freedom of the liberal. It is the freedom of the Son, and thus the freedom of the truly devout person. As Son, Jesus brings a new freedom: not the freedom of someone with no obligations, but the freedom of someone totally united with the Father’s will, someone who helps mankind to attain the freedom of inner oneness with God.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “So one aspect of becoming a Christian is having to leave behind what everyone else thinks and wants, the prevailing standards, in order to enter the light of the truth of our being, and aided by that light to find the right path. Mary.”

So one aspect of becoming a Christian is having to leave behind what everyone else thinks and wants, the prevailing standards, in order to enter the light of the truth of our being, and aided by that light to find the right path. Mary.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The risen Lord is the new Temple, the real meeting place between God and man.”

The risen Lord is the new Temple, the real meeting place between God and man.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The way we order our time is dependent on the way we order our Sunday.”

The way we order our time is dependent on the way we order our Sunday.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The humility to recognize the truth that makes demands on me and that I do not choose for myself.”

The humility to recognize the truth that makes demands on me and that I do not choose for myself.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It has been asserted that our century is characterized by an entirely new phenomenon: the appearance of people incapable of relating to God. As a result of spiritual and social developments, it is said, we have reached the stage where a kind of person has developed in whom there is no longer any starting point for the knowledge of God.”

It has been asserted that our century is characterized by an entirely new phenomenon: the appearance of people incapable of relating to God. As a result of spiritual and social developments, it is said, we have reached the stage where a kind of person has developed in whom there is no longer any starting point for the knowledge of God.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “When God is regarded as a secondary matter that can be set aside temporarily or permanently on account of more important things, it is precisely these supposedly more important things that come to nothing.”

When God is regarded as a secondary matter that can be set aside temporarily or permanently on account of more important things, it is precisely these supposedly more important things that come to nothing.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dear young people, do not be satisfied with anything less than Truth and Love, do not be content with anything less than Christ.”

Dear young people, do not be satisfied with anything less than Truth and Love, do not be content with anything less than Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI

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