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

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Every child who is born brings us God's smile and invites us to recognize that life is his gift, a gift to be welcomed with love and preserved with care, always and at every moment.

Feast, Baptism of the Lord
7 January 2007


Life is full of struggles and difficulties, but believers survive and even thrive by always keeping in mind the fact that life on earth is simply a prelude to eternal life.

Castel Gandolfo
16 August 2006


Life is the first good received from God and is fundamental to all others; to guarantee the right to life for all, and in an equal manner for all, is the duty upon which the future of humanity depends.

Address to General Assembly
Pontifical Academy for Life
Clementine Hall
24 February 2007


‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.’ (Jeremiah 1:5)…This boundless and almost incomprehensible love of God for the human being reveals the degree to which the human person deserves to be loved in himself, independently of any other consideration - intelligence, beauty, health, youth, integrity, and so forth. Human life is always a good, for it is a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory.

Address on the Human Embryo
Pontifical Academy for Life
Vatican City
9 March 2006


Empowered by the Spirit, and drawing upon faith’s rich vision, a new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God’s gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished – not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed. A new age in which love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty.

Homily, Benedict XVI
Randwick Racecourse
Sunday, 20 July 2008


At the origin of every human being there is not something haphazard or chance, but a loving plan of God. This was revealed to us by Jesus Christ, the true Son of God and a perfect man. He knew whence he came and whence all of us have come: from the love of his Father and our Father.

Fifth World Meeting of Families
Valencia, Spain
9 July 2006


In Baptism, in the company of Christ, we have already made that cosmic journey to the very abyss of death. At his side and, indeed, drawn up in his love, we are freed from fear. He enfolds us and carries us wherever we may go – he who is Life itself.

Easter Vigil
Saint Peter's Basilica
7 April 2007


The human being develops when ... his soul comes to know itself and the truths that God has implanted deep within; when he enters into dialogue with himself and his Creator.
It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God.

'Caritas in Veritate'
Encyclical Letter
on Integral Human Development
in Charity and Truth


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