Selected quotes of Pope Benedict XVI offered daily for prayer and reflection….

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Christian liberty is never to be identified with libertinism or with the freedom to do as one pleases; it is enacted in conformity with Christ and, hence, in true service to our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need.

General Audience
St. Peter's Square
1 October 2008


God is the guardian of our freedom, of love, and of truth.

Homily at Vespers
Cathedral of Aosta
24 July 2009


Authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ's very being for others.

Encyclical Letter
'Spe Salvi'


The Son of God, by His incarnation, death, and resurrection has freed us from the slavery of sin, giving us the freedom of sons and daughters of God: He has shown us the face of God, which is love. We can see God, He is visible in Christ.

Beatification of the
Servant of God, John Paul II
St Peter's Square
Divine Mercy Sunday
1 May 2011


Out of love for us he (Christ) took upon himself our human condition, our fragility, our vulnerability, and he opened up for us the path that leads to the fullness of life, to a share in the life of God himself. As we ponder this great mystery in our hearts… let us give thanks to God for his goodness to us, and let us joyfully proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom from whatever weighs us down: he gives us hope, he brings us life.

Radio Broadcast
'Thought for the Day'
BBC Radio
24th December 2010


Love is not dependence but a gift that makes us live.
The freedom of a human being is the freedom of a limited being, and therefore is itself limited. We can possess it only as a shared freedom, in the communion of freedom: only if we live in the right way, with one another and for one another, can freedom develop.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
8 December 2005


Each person finds his good by adherence to God's plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:32).

Encyclical Letter
'Caritas in Veritate'


To give oneself fully to God is to find the path of true freedom. For by turning towards God, man becomes himself. He rediscovers his original vocation as a person created in his image and likeness.

Lourdes, France
14 September 2008


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