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  • 1. 12. Fun…but God in the dockWho has the wealth of young people want to enjoy everything at maximum. This arrangement makes theyoung good fair game for deception. The fanatical desire to live leads to destruction. What is sought in thedrug, but the experience of infinity? God sit on bench, get it out of the way so do not limit the fun ... lays thefoundation for a culture of death. This is not a hypothesis but an experience at the sight of any observer.Benedict XVI encouraged to enjoy life, live it with intensity. That the failures of others fear not put us in thebody. Dare to love you fall in love, live music and sports ... but, above all, discover that the happiness wedesire taste has a face: Jesus of Nazareth.
  • 2. 1.12 Why am I going to give up something?I think that, naturally, the vast majority of men have the same concept of life as the prodigal son of the gospel. He had achieved his share ofthe inheritance and then felt free, he wanted to finally live and without the burden of homework, he wanted only to live, receive all that lifecan offer; fully enjoy life; live, just live, drink plenty of life without giving up anything good to offer. He ended up caring for pigs and evenenvying those animals. How empty and futile had been his life! And his freedom had been futile. Is it not true also today?When you just want to own life, this is becoming emptier and poorer; easy to end up seeking refuge in drugs, in the great deception. And thequestion arises if we really live is ultimately good. No. This would not find life. Nobody takes my life, I on my own "(cf. Jn 10, 18). Is only givinglife, she is barely trying to seize it. This is what we must learn from Christ, and this is what the Holy Spirit teaches us, that is pure gift that Godthe gift of himself. The more one gives ones life for others, for its own sake, the more abundantly flowing river of life. Saint Peter´s Square, Saturday June 3, 2006 1.12.a2.12 There are diversions that are runawaysIn our time we need to say "no" to the culture of death widely prevalent. An "anti-culture" manifested, for example, in drugs, in flight fromreality to illusion, to a false happiness expressed in the lie, fraud, injustice, contempt of others, of solidarity, of responsibility for the poor andsuffering, which is expressed in a sexuality that becomes sheer irresponsible enjoyment responsibility, that into a "thing", so to speak, of man,which has already person is not considered worthy of a personal love which requires fidelity, but it becomes a commodity, a mere object. Thisapparent promise of happiness, this "bubble" of an apparent life which in reality is only an instrument of death, this "anti-culture" we say "no"to cultivate the culture of life. Therefore, the "yes" Christian, from ancient times until today, is a big "yes" to life. This is our "yes" to Christ, the"yes" to the victor over death and the "yes" to life in time and in eternity. Sistine Chapel, Sunday January 8, 2006. 2.12.a3.12 Entertainment tragedies that feedWhat about the man, the pinnacle of Gods creation? Each day we see the achievements of human ingenuity. The quality and life satisfactionof people is growing steadily in many ways, both because of the progress of medical science and the skillful application of technology andcreativity embodied in art. Also among you are an attentive availability to accommodate the numerous opportunities that you offer. Some ofyou excel in studies, sport, music, dancing and theater, while others have a keen sense of social justice and ethics, and many makecommitments of service and volunteerism. All of us, young and old, have moments when the innate goodness of the human-perceptibleperhaps in the gesture of a young child or the availability of an adult to forgive, "fills us with profound joy and gratitude.However, these moments do not last long. Therefore, we must reflect something else. And so we discovered that not only the naturalenvironment, but also the social-the habitat that we create ourselves, has its scars; wounds indicating that something is in place. Also in ourpersonal lives and in our communities can sometimes find dangerous hostilities, a poison which threatens to corrode what is good, changewhat we are and divert the purpose for which we were created. Examples abound, as you know. Among the most obvious are the abuse ofalcohol and drugs, the exaltation of violence and sexual degradation, often presented on television and the internet as a diversion. I wonderhow one that was face to face with people who are actually suffering violence and sexual exploitation could explain that these tragedies,portrayed in virtual way, should be regarded simply as "fun." WYD, SYDNEY, Thursday, July 17, 2008 3.12.a4.12 It is not prohibitedThis is not the man to take away the taste for life, or prohibitions alibi and denial. This is simply driving to the truth and thereby sanctify it. Theman can be holy when it is really him, when it ceases to relegate and destroy the truth. [...] The Holy Spirit convicts the world and we alsoconvinces us of sin, but not to lower ourselves to make us true and healthy, to save us. Sin and Salvation, p. 90 (3.4 PRAY with B16) 4.12.a5.12 Let us not deceiveForbidden joys lose their splendor at the time that are no longer prohibited. Those joys should and must be radical and expanded increasingly,finally appearing insipid, because they all are limited, whereas the flame of hunger for the infinite always stays on. And so today we often seein the faces of young people with a strange bitterness, a rather distant conformist youth thrust into the unknown. The deepest root of thissadness is the lack of great hope and failure to achieve the great love. Everything you would expect is already known and all love ends indisappointment for the finiteness of a world whose enormous substitutes are nothing but a paltry coverage of abysmal despair. And so thetruth that the sorrow of the world leads to death is becoming increasingly real. Now only flirting with death, the cruel game of violence, isexciting enough to create an appearance of satisfaction. "If you eat it you die": a long time that these words were no longer mythological (Gen.3, 17). Look to Christ, pp. 76-77 5.12.aDear friends, life is not governed by chance, not accidental. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed by him and a goal that hasbeen given (cf. Gen 1:28). Life is not just a succession of events and experiences, however useful they might be. It is a search for the true, goodand beautiful. Precisely to achieve this we make our choices, we exercise our freedom and in this, that is, in truth, goodness and beauty, findhappiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choiceitself becomes the good, novelty posing as beauty and subjective experience supersedes the truth. WYD, Sydney, Thursday July 17, 2008 5.12.b 2
  • 3. 6.12 Verbality and curiosity: symptoms of sadness"No man can live in sorrow." But if the substance of the soul is sad, we are necessarily led to a continuous flight of the soul itself, a seriousconcern. The man is afraid of being alone with himself, loses its center, it becomes an intellectual vagabond, who is always away from himself.Symptoms of this concern wandering of the spirit are the verbiage and curiosity. The man thought about fleeing. And since he has taken hisvision to the Infinite, insatiably seeking substitutes. Look to Christ, p. 81 (33.1 pray with B16) 6.12.a7.12 One sadIn one of his works, a famous French writer has given us a phrase that I want to share with you today: "There is only sadness, not saints" (LéonBloy, La femme pauvre, II, 27). Dear young people, dare to commit your life in courageous choices, of course, not alone but with the Lord. Givethis city the momentum and excitement arising from your lived experience of faith, an experience that does not mortify the expectations ofhuman life but exalts them to participate in the same experience of Christ. Savona, Saturday May 17, 2008 7.12.a8.12 How to enjoy life? "Youre going to be the first protagonists of the third millennium. (...) Is you young, you are going to trace the paths of this new phase ofhumanity." Today, I feel compelled to make that same conclusion. Its the same the young man who came out to meet Jesus: "What should Ido to inherit eternal life?". I would further with you on this question. This is life, life in you, is lush and beautiful. What to do about it? How canyou live with? Already in the wording of the question we understand immediately that not enough "here" and "now", ie we do not we limit ourlives to space and time, however much we might try to broaden their horizons. Life transcends them. In other words, we want to live and notdie. We feel that something telling us that life is eternal and that we must commit ourselves to make this happen. In other words, is in ourhands and depends, somehow, of our decision. The question of the Gospel does not only concern the future. Concerns not only what happensafter death. On the contrary, we have a commitment to the present, here and now, which must guarantee authenticity and consequently thefuture. In short, the question raises the question of the meaning of life. Therefore, it can be stated as: what must I do to make my lifemeaningful? That is: how should I live to reap the full fruits of life? Or: what do I get my life is not wasted? Jesus alone can give us an answer,because he alone can guarantee us eternal life. So also is the only one who is able to portray the meaning of the present life and give itfullness. Brazil, Thursday May 10, 2007 8.12.a9.12 Live it with enthusiasm, not squanderHowever, before giving his response, Jesus asks the young man a very important question: "Why call me good." This question is the key to theanswer. This young man perceives that Jesus is good and who is a teacher. A teacher who does not cheat. We are here because we have thisconviction: Jesus is good. Perhaps we did not fully explain the reason for this perception, but certainly gets us closer to him and opens us up tohis teaching: a good teacher. To recognize the good means to love and who loves, in the felicitous phrase of John, known to God (cf. 1 Jn 4, 7).The young man acknowledged God Gospel in Jesus Christ. Jesus assures us that only God is good. Be open to goodness means to receive God.This invites us to see God in all things and in all events, even where most only see the absence of God. Seeing the beauty of creation and toconfirm the goodness that exists in all, it is impossible not to believe in God and experience his saving and reassuring presence. If we can seeall the good that exists in the world and, indeed, experience the good that comes from God himself, would never cease to approach him,praise him and thank him. He continually fills us with joy and good things. His joy is our strength. Brazil, Thursday May 10, 2007 9.12.aBut we know only in part. To understand what is good, we need aid, which the Church offers us on many occasions, especially in catechesis.Jesus himself shows what is good for us, giving us his first catechesis: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" (Mt 19, 17). Part ofthe knowledge that the young man and was certainly due to his family and the Synagogue: in fact, know the commandments, which leads tolife, which is to say that they guarantee authenticity. They are the great signs that tell us the right path. Whoever keeps the commandments isGods way.However, it is not enough. The testimony is worth more than science, or science is applied. We are not imposed from outside, nor diminish ourfreedom. On the contrary, are strong inner impulses that lead us to act in a certain direction. At its base are the grace and nature, that keep usimmobile. We must walk. We are motivated to do something to fulfill our potential. In fact, the action is done by becoming real. Since ouryouth are, in large part, we want to be. So to speak, we are the work of our hands. Brazil Thursday May 10, 2007 9.12.b 3
  • 4. At this point, I turn back to you, young people, because I also hear from your lips the response of the young of the Gospel: "All these I havekept from my youth." The young of the Gospel was good kept the commandments, walking in the way of God. So Jesus looked at him withlove. By recognizing that Jesus was good, he showed that he too was good. His experience of goodness and therefore, God. And you ... haveyou discovered and what is good? "Seize the commandments of the Lord? Have you discovered that this is the one true path to happiness?These years of your life are the years that prepare your future. The "tomorrow" depends much on how you are living the "today" of youth. Mydear young people, you have a life ahead, we want to be long, but is one, is unique: do not let it pass in vain, do not squander it. Live it withenthusiasm and with joy, but above all a sense of responsibility. Brazil, Thursday May 10, 2007 9.12.c10.12 The union of death The fanatical desire of life that we find today in all continents has led to an anti-death that is becoming the face of our time: the sexualdebauchery, drugs and arms trafficking has become an unholy trinity whose network mortal spans continents. Abortion, suicide and communalviolence are the specific ways in which the union operates death. Jesus Christ today, pp. 36-37 10.12.aAt the same time, AIDS has become the intimate portrait of the disease of our culture. [...] Medical research seeks to mobilize all itspossibilities, injectable substances against the dissolution of the body immunization forces, and it is their duty, in spite of this, just move thearea of destruction, without stopping the campaign triumph of the anti-culture of death, but we recognize that the bodys immune weaknessis a cry of the human being mistreated, an image that expresses the real disease: the helplessness of the soul in a culture that declares void thetrue values, God and the soul. Jesus Christ Today, pp. 36-37 10.12.b11.12 The softness does not helpWe know that often spoiled children, who have been pampered all in the end fail to succeed in life, because it treats them differently and havenot learned to discipline themselves to be at the track. Or, for example, if want to be kind to a drug addict, I will provide drug craving ratherthan away from them (which would be very hard for him), that would not be a true act of love.Put another way: True love is not simply cede always, be soft in the simple sweetness. In this sense, a Jesus or a God softened, saying yes toeverything, which is always nice, is nothing but a caricature of true love. Because he loves us because he wants to move forward on the path oftruth, God must also require us and correct us. God has to put into practice what we symbolically call the "wrath of God", ie to oppose us wantto stay comfortable in myself. God and the world, p. 173 11.12.a12.12 Face of happinessThe happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have right to enjoy has a name and a face: Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Onlyhe gives the fullness of life to humanity. Say, with Mary, your "yes" to God who wants to give himself to you. August 18, 2005 12.12.a13.12 Who knows what, smile!If we understand the announcement of the resurrection, then we recognize that the sky is not fully enclosed above the earth. Then some ofthe light of God, albeit in a shy but strong-enters our life. Then come up in us the joy that would otherwise expect in vain, and every personthat has penetrated some of this joy can be, in its way, an opening through which the sky looks at the ground and reaches us. So what canhappen provided the revelation of John, all the creatures of heaven and earth, on land and at sea, all things in the world are filled with the joyof the saved. To the extent that we recognize, is fulfilled the word that Jesus spoke on the bounce, which heralds a new arrival: "Your sorrowwill turn into joy." And, as Sara, men who believe in the Easter claim under "Reason for cheerful smile God has given me: anyone who knowsme smile!" Images of Hope, Encuentro Editions, Madrid, 1998 13.12.aDear friends, at home, at school, college, places of work and fun, remember that you are new creatures. As Christians, you are in this worldknowing that God has a human face, Jesus Christ, the "way" that fills all human longing and the "life" of which we are called to witness,walking always illuminated by his light (cf. v. ., 100). WYD, Sydney, Thursday July 17, 2008 13.12.b 4
  • 5. 14.12 No shadow will darkenNo shade, no matter how dense it is, you can dim the light of Christ. Therefore, those who believe in Christ always maintain hope, even today,given the great social and economic crisis afflicting humanity to the destructive hatred and violence that continue to bloody many regions ofthe earth, before the selfishness and pretension of man to establish itself as a god of himself, which sometimes leads to dangerous changes inthe divine plan for life and human dignity, the family and the harmony of creation. "Christ as the culmination of creation and history" "Christ as the culmination of creation and history" 14.12.a15.12 The always fresh and newIt is also true that in our modern Western society there are many false positives that lead us away from Christianity, faith appears assomething far away, so also God appears distant [...] But life seems full of possibilities and [...] goals and tends the desire of young people is tobe the architects of their own lives, to live to their fullest potential [...] I think of the prodigal son saw his fathers life at home bored "I want tolive life fully, gozármela until the end." And then he realizes that his life is empty and it was really free and great when I lived in the house ofhis father. I think young people is spreading the feeling that all the diversions available to them, the whole market built on free time,everything that is done, you can do, you can buy and sell, in the end it can be [...] For the whole must be somewhere better. Here we find thebig question: what is so essential? It can not be all that we have and we can buy. Here is the call market of religions that somehow offersreligion as a commodity and therefore degrades. But we face a question, it is necessary to recognize and not ignore this doubt, do not considerChristianity as something completed and experienced enough, but to contribute in order to be recognized as that possibility is always fresh,precisely because it originates in God, keeping and reveals itself ever new dimensions ... In fact, the Lord tells us: "The Holy Spirit will enter inthings that today I can tell you no." Christianity is full of dimensions not yet revealed and shown always fresh and new. Vatican Radio Aug. 15, 2005 15.12.a16.12 When he "left on the bench"Witness The task is not easy. Today many argue that God is to be "left on the bench," and that religion and faith, but convenient for individualsto be excluded from public life, or considered only for limited pragmatic goals. This secularized view attempts to explain human life and shapesociety with little or no reference to the Creator. Force is presented as a neutral, impartial and respectful of each. In reality, like everyideology, secularism imposes a global vision. If God is irrelevant in public life, the company may take the form as a godless perspective.However, experience shows that the absence of Gods plan provokes a disorder creator has inevitable repercussions on the rest of creation.When God is eclipsed, our ability to recognize the natural order, purpose and good begins to fade. What was ostensibly promoted as humaningenuity has manifested soon as folly, greed and selfish exploitation. And we realize more and more of the need for humility before thedelicate complexity of Gods world. 16.12.aAnd what of our social environment? Are we sufficiently aware of the signs that we are giving back to the moral structure with which God hasendowed humanity? Do we recognize that the innate dignity of every individual rests in her deepest identity-image of the Creator, andtherefore human rights are universal, based on natural law, and not something dependent upon negotiation or concessions result of astraightforward commitment? Which brings us to reflect on the place they occupy in our society the poor, the elderly, immigrants and thevoiceless. How is it possible that domestic violence torments so many mothers and children? How is it possible that the mothers womb, thehuman most wondrous and sacred, has become a place of unutterable violence? WYD, Sydney, Thursday July 17, 2008 16.12.bDear friends, Gods creation is unique and good. The concerns for nonviolence, sustainable development, justice and peace, caring for ourenvironment are of vital importance for humanity. But all this can not be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignityof every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God himself and thus inviolable. Our world is tired of greed,exploitation and division, the tedium of false idols and partial responses, and the pain of false promises. Our hearts and our minds yearn for avision of life where love reigns, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom has its own meaning in truth and where identity isfound in respectful communion. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. This is the hope that the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You have been recreated inBaptism and strengthened through the gifts of the Spirit in Confirmation precisely to bear witness to this reality. Let this be the message thatyou bring to the world ... WYD, Sydney, Thursday July 17, 2008 16.12.c 5
  • 6. 17.12 Live without fearMany times we feel our hearts tremble pastors, noting the situation of our time. We hear about the fears of todays youth, which reveal anenormous lack of hope: a fear of dying, at a time when life is blossoming and looking to find their own path of realization, fear of failure, not todiscover the meaning of life, and fear of being taken aback by the breathtaking speed of events and communications. We note the high deathrate among young people, the threat of violence, the deplorable proliferation of drugs, which strike at the deepest roots of youth today. Sooften speaks of a lost youth.Be apostles of youth. Invite them to walk with you, to make the same experience of faith, hope and love to meet Jesus, to feel truly loved,accepted, with full self-realization. They also discover the sure ways of the commandments and routes come to God. Brazil, Thursday May 10, 2007 17.12.a18.12The drug scamHere I am reminded of a third memory. In Brazil I was in the "Fazenda da Esperança", a reality where drug addicts heal and regain hope, regainthe joy of living. Drug addicts testified that just discovering that God is meant to cure them of despair. Just realized that his life has meaningand regained the joy of being in this world, the joy of dealing with problems of human life.Therefore, in every human heart, despite the problems that exist, there is a thirst for God and where God disappears, disappears also the sunwhich gives light and joy. This thirst for the infinite that is in our heart is also demonstrated in the reality of the drug: the man wants to expandtheir life, want more of life, wants to reach infinity, but the drug is a lie, a scam, because broadens life, but destroys it. Loreto, Saturday, September 1, 2007 18.12.aForgiveness is the participation in the pain of drug passage from sin to the truth of love. It is a precedent and a walk with serious step in thisjourney from death to rebirth. Only this company can go in helping drug addicts (and sin is always a "drug" lie of false happiness) to be ledalong the dark line of pain. Only a prior decision to enter the pain and the death of the path of transformation that makes it bearable narrowgauge is visible in the light of hope for a new life. Look to Christh, p. 99 18.12.bThe "weeping and gnashing of teeth" actually represents the threat, danger, even, ultimately, the failure of human beings. It is a situation thatdescribes the world of people fall into drugs and the orgiastic ecstasy, who, when out of his daze, perceive with clarity the completecontradiction of his life.Hell is usually represented by fire, with flames. The gnashing of teeth, however, arises when you feel really cold. Here, the person fall, withtheir cries and moans and cries of protest, evokes the image of being exposed to cold for refusing to love. In a world totally away from God,and therefore love, it feels cold to the point of causing the gnashing of teeth. God and the world, p. 188 18.12.c19.12 When you give awayAmong the many gifts that we buy and receive not forget the true gift: to give each other something of ourselves. Give each other our time.Open our time to God. So the turmoil subsides. Thus was born the joy, the feast is created. And meals these holidays remember the Lordswords: "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite those who correspond inviting, but whom no one invites and can not invite" (cf. Lk14:12-14 .) Indeed, this also means: when you make gifts for Christmas, giving away something you did not just those who, in turn, they giveyou, but also that no one gives gifts can not give you anything in return. So what God has done: he invites us to his wedding feast, we can notreciprocate, but can only receive with joy. Let us imitate him! Let us love God and, through him, to man, we can then rediscover a new way toGod through men. 2.2 N 19.12.a20.12 Respect yourselves in courtshipBe especially great respect for the institution of the sacrament of marriage. There can be no true happiness in the home if at the same time,there is fidelity between spouses. Marriage is an institution of natural law, which was raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, is a greatgift that God has done to humanity. Respect it and honor. At the same time, God calls you to respect also falling in love and become engaged,since conjugal life, which is bound by divine ordinance to married couples, but will be a source of happiness and peace to the extent that youare able to chastity, both within and outside marriage, a stronghold of your future hopes. Brazil, Thursday May 10, 2007 20.12.aI repeat here to all of you that "eros tends to rise (...) towards the Divine, to lead us beyond ourselves, but thats why you need to follow apath of ascent, renunciation, purification and recovery" (Deus Caritas Est, 5). In short, it requires a spirit of sacrifice and renunciation for agreater good, namely the love of God above all things. Seek to resist forcefully the snares of evil that exists in many environments, which leadsyou to a dissolute life, paradoxically empty, to make lose the precious gift of your freedom and your true happiness. The true love "increasinglyseeks the happiness of others more, is concerned, bestows itself and wants to" be for "the other" (ibid., 7) and, therefore, will be increasinglytrue, inseparable and fruitful. Brazil, Thursday May 10, 2007 20.12.b 6
  • 7. 21.12 Fear of marriageIn the innermost heart, every boy and every girl that opens to life cultivated the dream of a love that gives full meaning to their future. Formany this dream is realized in the choice of marriage and family formation, where the love between a man and a woman living as a reciprocaland faithful gift as finally issued, sealed by the "yes" to God pronounced wedding day, a "yes" to life.I know that this dream is now becoming increasingly difficult. Many failures of love around you behold! Many couples nod, surrendering, andseparate! Many families are broken! Many boys, even among you, have seen separation and divorce of their parents!For those who are in such delicate and complex situations I would say this afternoon: the Mother of God, the community of believers, thePope is close to you and pray that the crisis that affects families of our time does not become irreversible failure. I hope that Christian families,with the help of divine grace, remain faithful to the solemn commitment of love happily taken to the priest and the Christian communitybefore the solemn day of marriage. 21.12.aFaced with such failures often ask this question: "Am I better than my friends and my relatives, who have tried and failed? Why me, just me,should succeed where so many others give up?". The human fear can stop even the bravest hearts, but on this night that awaits us at the footof His Holy House, Mary will be repeated for each of you, dear young friends, the words the angel spoke to her "Fear not: Do not be afraid! TheHoly Spirit is with you and do not ever leave. Nothing is impossible for those who trust in God." 21.12.b22.12 Football When you browse the press and listening to the radio, we find immediately that there is a dominant theme: soccer and football league. Thissport has become a universal event that unites people around the world over national boundaries, with one mind, with the same hopes, fears,passions and joys. All this tells us that we are confronted by something genuinely human.The question naturally arises as to why the fascination of this game. The pessimistic answer is another repetition of what has already beenpiloted in ancient Rome: bread and circuses, panem et circus.But even if we accept this answer, we should ask: and what should such a fascination, which leads to put the game along with bread, and givethe same importance? Going back to ancient Rome, we could answer this question by saying that the cry which called "bread and games" wasthe desire for a life of paradise. In this sense, the game is presented as a sort of homecoming first to paradise, as an escape from everydayexistence, with its slavish hardness. But the game has, especially in children, a different sense: it is a training for life.In my view, the fascination with football is, essentially, that a convincing case can unite these two senses: it helps to discipline the man andteaches him to collaborate with others within a team, showing how you can deal with the other a noble way. As I gazed, men identify with that game, making him the spirit of loyal cooperation and confrontation with others. Of course, the grimseriousness of the money, coupled with commercial interests, can take all this to lose. By thinking through all of this raises the possibility oflearning to live with the spirit of the game, because human freedom is also fed and self-discipline rules. In any case, the vision of a world thatvibrates with the game should help us to do more than entertain, because if we go to the merits, the game might show a new way ofunderstanding life. Mitarbeiter der arheit (Ratzinger) 22.12.a23.12 BeautyBeauty is the splendor of truth, says Thomas Aquinas, and the offense could add to the beauty is lost self-mockery of the truth.Why am I still a Christian?, P. 111 23.12.a24.12 ArtistsThe artists do not invent what might be beautiful and worthy of God. The human being is unable to invent their own. God communicates toMoses the detailed shape of the Sanctuary. Artistic creation copy what God showed as a model. This insight presupposes creation of theprototype, is the transfer of an intuition to a figure. Artistic creation, as seen by the Old Testament, is radically different from what it means bycreative modern thought. Today creativity is called for the manufacture of the never done or thought by another, the invention of the totallypersonal and completely new. Artistic creation within the meaning of the Exodus is, however, one part on the intuition of God, participate inhis creative work, one to show the hidden beauty that beats and in creation. This does not diminish the dignity of the artist, but the bases.Thus we read that the Lord called his name "to Besalel, the artist director of the construction of the sanctuary (Ex. 35, 30). For the artist appliesthe same formula as for the prophet. Exodus also features artists as persons endowed by God with skill and ability to implement the variousworks that he had ordered (36, 1). The third element is the willingness, the "heart that drives" to such persons (36, 2). Sing to God with mastery, pp. 122-123 24.12.a 7
  • 8. 25.12 The supreme service of musicGregory said: "If the singing of the psalms out of the depths of our heart, through the Lord Almighty is his access to the heart, to pour on thesenses alert the mysteries of wisdom or grace of contrition. As it is written: "The song of praise I am honored, and this is the way to show manGods salvation" (Ps. 50, 23). Where Latin salutare says, salvation, Jesus says in Hebrew. Therefore, the opening song of praise access wherethe Lord can manifest itself, for when the chant breaks contrition, born in us an avenue to the heart, at the end of which we come to Jesus ..."This is the supreme service music, so that does not lose its artistic grandeur but the fills, the music clears the blocked path of the heart, thecenter of our being, where we are with being the Creator and Redeemer. Sing to God with mastery, p. 130 25.12.aThe liturgy and music from the beginning were twinned. When man praises God, not just mere words. Talking to God is something that goesbeyond the limits of human language, so always and has sought the help of the essence of music: the song and the voices of creation in thesound of the instruments. Because the praise of God is not something unique to humans. To worship God is to join all things proclaim. The image of the world and man in the liturgy..., p. 131 24.12.bA Church that makes music only "ordinary" falls into the ineptitude and makes itself inept. The Church has the duty to be too "city of glory", anarea in which they collect and rise to God the deepest voices of humanity. Report about the faith, p. 142 25.12.c26.12 Faith creates cultureThere is no indefinite culturally faith can then culturalize at will. The choice of faith behaves as such a cultural choice, she shapes the man as aparadigm and excludes other forms of culture. Faith creates culture and is not limited to carry it like an outer garment. This cultural premise,which is not manipulated at the discretion and set its subsequent inculturations norm, is not rigid nor closed. The range of a culture is knownprecisely in their capacity to assimilate [...]. Being eternal means, however, be synchronous with all time and before all time. Sing to God with mastery, p. 120 26.12.aThe word made music is awareness, the incarnation, the attraction of pre-and super-rational forces, capturing the hidden ring of creation,discovery of the song that rests on the bottom of things. But this conversion in music is at once the opposite trend: not only incarnation of theword, but spiritualize the flesh. Wood and metal become sound, the sound becomes unconscious and unresolved orderly and meaningful.There is an embodiment which is spiritualized, and spiritual-that is embodiment. The embodiment Christian is at once spiritualized and madespiritual Christian is one embodiment in the body of the incarnate Logos. The image of the world and man in the liturgy ...p. 143 26.12.b 8