Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.— Pope Paul VI
The most jaw-dropping Pope Paul VI quotes that will add value to your life
Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.
The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer.
The task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church. It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present-day society make all the more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize.
Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.
The unique and indivisible existence of the Lord glorious in heaven, is not multiplied, but is rendered present by the sacrament in the many places on earth where Mass is celebrated. And this existence remains present, after the sacrifice, in the Blessed Sacrament, which is, in the tabernacle, the living heart of each of our churches.
Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
We would also like you to know that the Church recognizes the riches of the Islamic faith - a faith that binds us to the one God.
If you wish to be brothers, let the arms fall from your hands.
One cannot love while holding offensive arms.
Two conditions render difficult this historic situation of mankind: It is full of tremendously deadly armament, and it has not progressed morally as much as it has scientifically and technically.
For peace is not simply the absence of warfare, based on a precarious balance of power; it is fashioned by efforts directed day after day toward the establishment of the ordered universe willed by God, with a more perfect form of justice among men.
We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
We see in these swift and skillful travelers a symbol of our life, which seeks to be a pilgrimage and a passage on this earth for the way of heaven.
The international trading system was devised by the rich to suit their needs;
it ignores those of the poor.
This pious practice, by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the Christian people enriched with spiritual gifts, gladdens and consoles us. Mary remains ever the path that leads to Christ. Every encounter with her can only result in an encounter with Christ himself
The Eucharistic mystery stands at the heart and center of the liturgy since it is the fount of life by which we are cleansed and strengthened to live not for ourselves but for God and to be united in love among ourselves.
The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development of the sense of their responsibility for the realization of the common good.
The world calls for and expects from us simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility... Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man. It risks being vain and sterile.
Excessive economic, social and cultural inequalities among peoples arouse tensions and conflicts, and are a danger to peace.
Individual initiative alone and the mere free play of competition could never assure successful development. One must avoid the risk of increasing still more the wealth of the rich and the dominion of the strong, whilst leaving the poor in their misery and adding to the servitude of the oppressed.
I met a hundred men going to Delhi and everyone is my brother.
You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life.
The religion of the God who became man has met the religion (for such it is) of man who makes himself God. And what happened? Was there a clash, a battle, a condemnation? There could have been, but there was none
If you believe in peace it is possible. If it is possible it is a duty.
After long centuries, agrarian civilization is weakening.
Is sufficient attention being devoted to the arrangement and improvement of the life of the country people, whose inferior and at times miserable economic situation provokes the flight to the unhappy crowded conditions of the city outskirts, where neither employment nor housing awaits them?
If you want peace work for justice.
Lord, to whom should we go? Thy words are the words of eternal life.
Justice is not always an open and shut case - sometimes we have to work for it.
If you want peace, you must work for justice.
The command to the Twelve to go out and proclaim the Good News is also valid for all Christians, though in a different way.... the Good News of the kingdom which is coming and which has begun is meant for all people of all times. Those who have received the Good News and who have been gathered by it into the community of salvation can and must communicate and spread it.
For He is in the midst of us day and night [in the Blessed Sacrament];
He dwells in us with the fullness of grace and truth. He raises the level of morals, fosters virtue, comforts the sorrowful, strengthens the weak and stirs up all those who draw near to Him to imitate Him, so that they may learn from his example to be meek and humble of heart, and to seek not their own interests but those of God.
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
True humanism points the way toward God and acknowledges the task to which we are called, the task which offers us the real meaning of human life. Man is not the ultimate measure of man. Man becomes truly man only by passing beyond himself.
Twenty-two martyrs were recognized, but there were many more, and not only Catholics. There were also Anglicans and some Mohammedans.
Through some crack the smoke of satan has entered into the Church of God.
This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair.
It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the heart of man and is that precious fruit which resists the year and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration.
It is called the real presence, not in an exclusive sense, as though other forms of presence were not real, but by reason of its excellence. It is the substantial presence by which Christ is made present without doubt, whole and entire, God and man.
Man's genius has with God's help produced marvelous technical inventions from creation, especially in our times. The Church, our mother, is particularly interested in those which directly touch man's spirit and which have opened up new avenues of easy communication of all kinds of news, of ideas and orientations.
Having rationally endeavored to control nature, is he not now becoming the slave of the objects which he makes?
Satan's smoke has made its way into the Temple of God through some crack
No more war! Never again war! If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons.
We must see to it that enthusiasm for the future does not give rise to contempt for the past.
Christ did not found an abstract religion, a mere school of religious thought.
He setup a community of apostles, of teachers, with the task of spreading His message and so giving rise to a society of believers: His Church. He promised the Spirit of truth to His Church and then sent Him.
You also realize, Venerable Brothers, that the Eucharist is reserved in churches or oratories to serve as the spiritual center of a religious community or a parish community, indeed of the whole Church and the whole of mankind, since it contains, beneath the veil of the species, Christ the invisible Head of the Church, the Redeemer of the world, the center of all hearts, 'by whom all things are and by whom we exist'.
The freedom or immunity from coercion in matters religious, which is the endowment of persons as individuals, is also to be recognized as their right when they act in community. Religious communities are a requirement of the social nature both of man and of religion itself.
Peace is not merely the absence of war.
Nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between enemies. Nor is it brought about by dictatorship. Instead, it is rightly and appropriately called "an enterprise of justice" (Is. 32:7). Peace results from that order structured into human society by its divine founder, and actualized by men as they thirst after ever greater justice.
The pope is becoming a missionary, you will say.
Yes, the pope is becoming a missionary, which means a witness, a shepherd, an apostle on the move.
The pope-and we know this well-is without doubt the most serious obstacle on the ecumenical road.
A dimple on the chin, the devil within.
No member of the faithful could possibly deny that the Church is competent in her magisterium to interpret the natural moral law.
The hungry nations of the world cry out to the peoples blessed with abundance.
And the Church, cut to the quick by this cry, asks each and every man to hear his brother's plea and answer it lovingly.