Pope Benedict XVI

Learning to Accept God’s Will

Man at Prayer

Not long ago a priest shared some guidance with my wife and me that has been the cause of a great deal of conversation and reflection in our home.  In response to learning that we pray every day about our oldest son’s future and that he be healed of his autism, he encouraged us to pray first for acceptance. Let […]

Daily Quote — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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“In this world of ours, in which, despite the profession of good intentions, the value of the person, of human dignity and human rights is seriously threatened by the widespread tendency to have recourse exclusively to the criteria of utility, profit and material possessions, it is important not to detach the concept of justice from its transcendent roots. Justice, indeed, […]

The Magi and Their Search

The magi have always intrigued me. Their story forms the majority of Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, and yet there remain so many questions about these mysterious figures. Where did they come from? How did they know to follow the star? What did they think when they found the Holy Family? I once attended an art history […]

God’s Sign

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

As we continue to celebrate Christmas, spend time with the baby born that night. A baby who came into this world because He loves you, personally, individually. A baby born that night in order to reconcile you with Himself. Looking at that baby in the manger, I think we have to ask ourselves: would I recognize him? Would I have […]

Daily Quote — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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“Stephen’s story tells us many things: for example, that charitable social commitment must never be separated from the courageous proclamation of the faith. He was one of the seven made responsible above all for charity. But it was impossible to separate charity and faith. Thus, with charity, he proclaimed the crucified Christ, to the point of accepting even martyrdom. This […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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“For Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. 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. … It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“For Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. 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. … It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“Each person finds his good by adherence to God’s plan for him, in order to realize it fully: in this plan, he finds his truth, and through adherence to this truth he becomes free (cf. Jn 8:32). To defend the truth, to articulate it with humility and conviction, and to bear witness to it in life are therefore exacting and […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

“Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be ‘tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine,’ seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and […]