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

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Music is the harmony of differences...from the multiplicity of tones of the various instruments a symphony can arise. However, this doesn't happen magically or automatically. It comes only from...a patient and laborious commitment, which requires time and sacrifices in the effort to listen to one another, avoiding excessive egoism and privileging the best success of the whole.

Feast of St. Benedict
12 July 2012


We must live according to the Spirit of unity and truth, and this is why we must pray for the Spirit to enlighten and guide us to overcome the temptation to follow our own truths; and (we must pray) to welcome the truth of Christ transmitted in the Church.

Solemnity of Pentecost
Vatican Basilica
27 May 2012


It is by being profoundly united to God that we can also be profoundly united to others.

General Audience
St. Peter's Square
9 May 2012


Our longing for the full, visible unity of Christians requires patient and trustful waiting, not in a spirit of helplessness or passivity, but with deep trust that the unity of all Christians in one Church is truly God's gift and not our own achievement. Such patient waiting in prayerful hope, transforms us and prepares us for visible unity, not as we plan it, but as God grants it.

Finnish Ecumenical Delegation
19 January 2012


After the example of Jesus who on the eve of his Passion prayed the Father for his disciples “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21), Christians continue ceaselessly to invoke the gift of unity from God. Their request becomes more intense during the Week of Prayer, which ends today, when the Churches and Ecclesial Communities meditate and pray together for the unity of all Christians.

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Tuesday, 25 January 2011


The unity of the Church is the result of harmony, of a shared commitment to act like Jesus, by virtue of His spirit. ... In order to conserve unity of spirit, it is necessary to mold our own behavior on the humility, sweetness and magnanimity to which Jesus bore witness in His Passion. Our hands and heart must be tied by that bond of love which He accepted for us, making Himself our servant.

Lectio Divina
Feast of Our Lady of Trust
Major Roman Seminary
4 March 2011


In a society fraught between globalization and individualism, the Church is called to offer a witness of koinoněa, of communion. This reality does not come “from below” but is a mystery which, so to speak, “has its roots in Heaven”, in the Triune God himself. It is he, in himself, who is the eternal dialogue of love which was communicated to us in Jesus Christ and woven into the fabric of humanity and history to lead it to fullness.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
18 May 2008


In truth, the whole of humanity has the radical vocation to return to its source, to return to God, since in him alone can it find fulfillment through the restoration of all things in Christ.
Dispersion, multiplicity, conflict, and enmity will be healed and reconciled through the blood of the Cross and led back to unity.

Address for World Mission Day
for Sunday, 18th October, 2009


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