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

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The Church

The Church must grow in unity, must be strengthened in holiness, must be rejuvenated, must be constantly renewed. But according to whose standard? The Holy Spirit’s!

Evening Vigil
WYD, Australia
20 July 2008

The Church

The saints show us selfless love…
As disciples of Christ, their extraordinary journeys unfolded within the community of hope, which is the Church. It is from within the Church that you too will find the courage and support to walk the way of the Lord. Nourished by personal prayer, prompted in silence, shaped by the Church’s liturgy you will discover the particular vocation God has for you.
Embrace it with joy.

St. Joseph's Seminary
Dunwoodie, New York
19 April 2008

The Church

The Church is God's family in the world.
In this family no one should go with out the necessities of life.
Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful.
As a community, the Church must practice love.

Encyclical Letter
'Deus Caritas Est'
25 December 2005

The Church

Let us thank the Lord for allowing us to know him in the communion of the Church, to cooperate in building up his Mystical Body, and in bringing his saving word as good news to the men and women of our time.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
19 April 2008

The Church

In a society torn between globalization and individualism, the Church is called to offer her witness of 'koinonia', of communion. This reality does not come 'from the roots' but is a mystery that, so to say, has its 'roots in heaven', in the One and Triune God.

Genoa, Italy
18 MAY 2008

The Church

The Church, in this modern age of profound and sometimes difficult changes, continues to present everyone with the Gospel's message of salvation and undertakes to contribute to building a society founded on truth and freedom, on respect for life and human dignity, on justice and social solidarity.
Hence, the Church does not aim to acquire power nor does she seek privileges or positions of economic and social advantage. Her only aim is to serve mankind, drawing inspiration, as the supreme norm, from the words and example of Jesus Christ Who 'went about doing good and healing all'.

Italy's Presidential Residence
4 Oct 2008


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