If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One that loves you.— Pope Benedict XVI
The most wonderful Pope Benedict XVI quotes that are little-known but priceless
Truth is not determined by a majority vote.
It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.
The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.
I have a mustard seed; and I am not afraid to use it.
Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demoniacal power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashions. But it is precisely this anonymous power that crucified Jesus, for it was anonymous voices that cried 'away with him! Crucify him!'
Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive.
Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself.
When politicians presume to do God's work, they do not become divine but diabolical.
We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires.
Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia.
There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
Help each other to live and to grow in the Christian faith so as to be valiant witnesses of the Lord. Be united, but not closed. Be humble, but not fearful. Be simple, but not naive. Be thoughtful, but not complicated. Enter into dialogue with others, but be yourselves.
Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me - a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.
In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.
Dear young people, do not be satisfied with anything less than Truth and Love, do not be content with anything less than Christ
Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.
Everything is a gift from God: it is only by recognizing this crucial dependence on the Creator that we will find freedom and peace.
Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own "yes" to God, for he wishes to give himself to you.
Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning.
Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness.
Do not believe that living together before marriage guarantees the future.
By burning certain stages, you risk burning love itself. Time needs to be respected gradually, just like the expressions of love.
Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life.
What does Sunday, the day of the Lord, mean for us? It is a day for rest and for family, but first of all a day for Him.
Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us.
Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope, for itself and for the world.
May we be enlightened by a ray of the light that comes from Bethlehem, the light of He who is 'The Greatest' and made himself small.
May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.
Advent's intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church's year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart's memory so that it can discern the star of hope.
Jesus, the Word incarnate, is always the center of our announcement, the point of reference for our evangelizing mission and for its methodology, because He is the human face of God, who wishes to meet all men and women so as to bring them into communion with Him, in His love.
Every human life is precious in God's sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.
It is necessary not only to relieve the gravest needs but to go to their roots, proposing measures that will give social, political and economic structures a more equitable and solidaristic configuration.
Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much.
Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.
We must trust in the mighty power of God's mercy.
We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new.
The story of Mary of Magdalene reminds us all of a fundamental truth.
..A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him and has set out following closely after him, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.
A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia.
There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralisation, a first assumption of responsibility...
We are no longer able to hear God - There are too many frequencies filling our ears.
Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.
In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration.
We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth
To me, its seems necessary to rediscover - and the energy to do so exists - that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man's heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God.
Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.
Dear young people, we have seen that it is the Holy Spirit who brings about the wonderful communion of believers in Jesus Christ. True to his nature as giver and gift alike, he is even now working through you. Let unifying love be your measure; abiding love your challenge; self-giving love your mission!
To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.
An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties.
Mary's greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.
Nature expresses a design of love and truth.
But Palm Sunday tells us that ... it is the cross that is the true tree of life.
A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints.
Freedom is not only a gift, but a summons to personal responsibility.
God loves us; we need only to summon up the humility to allow ourselves to be loved.