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

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God's Presence

God is always close to us, especially in times of danger and radical change, and his heart aches for us, he reaches out to us. We need to open ourselves to him so that the power of his mercy can touch our hearts.

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
25 September 2011

God's Presence

Let us ask the Lord that we may become vigilant for his presence, that we may hear how softly yet insistently he knocks at the door of our being...Let us ask that we may make room for him within ourselves, that we may recognize him also in those through whom he speaks to us: children, the suffering, the abandoned, those who are excluded, and the poor of this world.

Nativity of the Lord

St Peter's Basilica

24 December 2012

God's Presence

"The Lord is at hand" (Philippians 4:5). I think we have understood that, through the Word and the sacraments, in all our life the Lord is at hand. Let us ask him that we might be increasingly touched in our innermost being by his closeness, so that joy will be born -- that joy that is born when Jesus is really close.

General Audience
Paul VI Hall
12 December 2008

God's Presence

The goodness of God is stronger than any evil in this world.

Holy Father's 85th birthday
Pauline Chapel
16 April 2012

God's Presence

The Lord doesn't forget us – even today, his way is humble. The Lord is present, he gives warmth to our hearts, shows us life, creates charisms of goodness and charity that shine in our world, which are for us, a guarantee of the goodness of God.

'The Council's Beautiful Church'
St Peter's Square
11 October 2012

God's Presence

The important thing today…is for us to see clearly and anew, that God is present, that He is concerned with us and responds to us.

General Audience
Eve of the 50th anniversary of the
Opening of the Second Vatican Council
St. Peter's Square
10 October 2012

God's Presence

God's power works quietly in this world, but it is the true and the lasting power. Again and again, God's cause seems to be in its death throes. Yet over and over again it proves to be the thing that truly endures and saves.

'Jesus of Nazareth'

God's Presence

Jesus reminds us that if we live with an open and simple heart, nourished by true faith, we can recognize the presence of God in our lives and follow his holy will.

Angelus Address
Castel Gandolfo
8 July 2012


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