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Mind Of Pope Benedict Xvi 01092010

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Mind Of Pope Benedict Xvi 01092010

  1. 1. Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP|YA Our Lady of Peace Young Adult Group
  2. 2. "Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lord's vineyard ."   (Pope Benedict, Brief Address after Election, 4/19/2005)   Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS     "Co-Worker of the Truth"  (episcopal motto of Cardinal Ratzinger, drawn from 3 John)
  3. 3. Table of Contents <ul><ul><li>Background of Pope Benedict XVI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Biography </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Theological Influences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>St. Augustine </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romano Guardini </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communio </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Observations of His Papacy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themes of Pope Benedict's Papacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Christianity is an Event </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God Initiates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do Not be Afraid of Desire </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom Comes From Adherence to God </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Faith is Reasonable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hope is in Something Present </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Without Truth, Love Becomes Sentimentality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One Cannot Believe On One's Own </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Church Exists In People </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Liturgy Teaches us to See </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Church Has to Be Inwardly Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS
  4. 4. Background of Pope Benedict XVI
  5. 5. Biography <ul><ul><li>Born and baptized on April 16, 1927 (Holy Saturday)  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entered minor seminary in 1937 and seminary in 1939 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Along with brother, ordained on June 29, 1951 (Feast of Saints Peter and Paul) at Cathedral of Freising </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor of Theology at Bonn, Tubingen and Regensburg </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theological advisor of Cardinal Frings at Vatican II </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising on March 24, 1977 by Pope Paul VI; created Cardinal that June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Becomes Prefect for Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith on November 25, 1981 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Pope on April 19, 2005 </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS
  6. 6. Theological Influences - St. Augustine <ul><ul><li>Doctoral work : People and the House of God in Augustine's doctrine of the Church </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar Journey :  St. Augustine wanted to retire to prayer and studies but could not after being appointed Bishop of Hippo </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>&quot;[T]here has been hardly another saint who  has remained as close to us, as understandable, as Saint Augustine. In his writings, we encounter all the depths and heights of the human spirit, all the questioning and seeking and searching that we also experience today . Not without reason has he been called the first modern man.&quot; (Co-Workers of the Truth, p. 415) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated Deus Caritas Est to St. Augustine and declared that encyclical and Spe Salv i indebted to St. Augustine's thought </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Theological Influences - St. Augustine <ul><ul><li>Doctoral work : People and the House of God in Augustine's doctrine of the Church </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar Journey :  St. Augustine wanted to retire to prayer and studies but could not after being appointed Bishop of Hippo </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>&quot;[T]here has been hardly another saint who  has remained as close to us, as understandable, as Saint Augustine. In his writings, we encounter all the depths and heights of the human spirit, all the questioning and seeking and searching that we also experience today . Not without reason has he been called the first modern man.&quot; (Co-Workers of the Truth, p. 415) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated Deus Caritas Est to St. Augustine and declared that encyclical and Spe Salv i indebted to St. Augustine's thought </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Theological Influences - Guardini <ul><ul><li>Romano Guardini (1885-1968): Italian-German priest and author </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incredibly influential during the early 20th century  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many of Pope Benedict's books signal Guardini's influence: </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus of Nazereth --> The Lord </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to the Spirit of the Liturgy --> The Spirit of the Liturgy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Christianity --> Essence of Christianity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pope Benedict saw similarities to Augustine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guardini: &quot;That which is truly real will arise from the rich, varied expansiveness of our existence, of our being fully Christian, and will lead us to the One who is truly real.&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Theological Influences - Communio <ul><ul><li>Federation of international theological journals founded in '70s by Pope Benedict, Balthasar, de Lubac, Louis Bouyer, Giussani, Le Guillou, Medina and others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grew out of interactions in Pope Paul VI's International Papal  </li></ul></ul>Theology of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><li>Theological Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Wrote 40+ articles for Communio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;[Balthasar's] project was to gather together all those who did not want to do theology on the basis of the pre-set goals of ecclesial politics but who were intent on developing theology rigorously on the basis of its own proper sources and methods.&quot; (Milestones, p. 144) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Observations of His Papacy <ul><ul><li>From an interview with Sandro Magister, Vatican Correspondent (Traces, January 2008): </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; He is a Pope who says extremely profound things and makes normal people sit up and think. ... The attention of the people is astounding ; the words come over in a silence that is striking–apart from his voice, all that can be heard is the water in the fountains. They are there listening to what he says; the people expect his words to give them something important .  A surprising fact about a </li></ul></ul>Theology of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Pope judged to be cold is that the attendance at his public audiences is very high, even more than for John </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul II .&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; [He realizes] that the question of Jesus is really the question on which the Church stands or falls, that that Man is the center of everything .&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Themes of Pope Benedict's Papacy 
  12. 12. Christianity is an Event <ul><ul><li>&quot; Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction .&quot; (Deus Caritas Est, 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Christianity is not an intellectual system, a packet of dogmas, a moralism; Christianity is rather an encounter, a love story; it is an event .&quot; (Funeral Homily for Msgr. Giussani, 2/24/05) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Constantly reminding us of the centrality of Christ ; everything else is a consequence of the encounter with Him </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Christianity is an Event <ul><ul><li>&quot; Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a Person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction .&quot; (Deus Caritas Est, 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Christianity is not an intellectual system, a packet of dogmas, a moralism; Christianity is rather an encounter, a love story; it is an event .&quot; (Funeral Homily for Msgr. Giussani, 2/24/05) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Constantly reminding us of the centrality of Christ ; everything else is a consequence of the encounter with Him </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. God Initiates <ul><ul><li>&quot; If He does not reveal Himself, we cannot gain access to Him . The novelty of the Christian proclamation is that it can now say to all peoples: He has revealed Himself. He personally. And now the way to Him is open.”  (Meeting with Representatives of the World of Culture at the Collège des Bernardins , Paris, 9/12/ 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Baptism means precisely this, that we are not dealing with an event in the past, but that a qualitative leap in world history comes to me , seizing hold of me in order to draw me on .&quot; (Homily at the Easter Vigil, 3/15/2006) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>John 15:16:  &quot; It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you ...&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That we don't save ourselves and that God initiates the pursuit (in the gift of our being and of faith) needs to be a concrete reality and not an abstract idea </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. God Initiates <ul><ul><li>&quot; If He does not reveal Himself, we cannot gain access to Him . The novelty of the Christian proclamation is that it can now say to all peoples: He has revealed Himself. He personally. And now the way to Him is open.”  (Meeting with Representatives of the World of Culture at the Collège des Bernardins , Paris, 9/12/ 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Baptism means precisely this, that we are not dealing with an event in the past, but that a qualitative leap in world history comes to me , seizing hold of me in order to draw me on .&quot; (Homily at the Easter Vigil, 3/15/2006) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>John 15:16:  &quot; It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you ...&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That we don't save ourselves and that God initiates the pursuit (in the gift of our being and of faith) needs to be a concrete reality and not an abstract idea </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Do Not be Afraid of Desire <ul><ul><li>&quot;These longings are simply the desire for a full, happy, and successful life. Do not be afraid of this desire! Do not run away from this desire! Do not be discouraged at the sight of crumbling houses, frustrated desires, and faded longings. God the Creator, who inspires in young hearts an immense yearning for happiness, will not abandon you in the difficult construction of the house called life. &quot; (Meeting with Young People in Poland, 5/27/2006) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our need for truth, beauty, happiness, etc. was given to us by God </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That we cannot satisfy our desires shouldn't lead to despair but instead points to the possibility of God and our need for a savior </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Christianity testifies to the fact that the Savior exists and comes to us </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Do Not be Afraid of Desire <ul><ul><li>&quot;These longings are simply the desire for a full, happy, and successful life. Do not be afraid of this desire! Do not run away from this desire! Do not be discouraged at the sight of crumbling houses, frustrated desires, and faded longings. God the Creator, who inspires in young hearts an immense yearning for happiness, will not abandon you in the difficult construction of the house called life. &quot; (Meeting with Young People in Poland, 5/27/2006) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our need for truth, beauty, happiness, etc. was given to us by God </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That we cannot satisfy our desires shouldn't lead to despair but instead points to the possibility of God and our need for a savior </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Christianity testifies to the fact that the Savior exists and comes to us </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Freedom Comes From Adherence to God <ul><ul><li>&quot; The freedom of a human being is the freedom of a limited being, and therefore is itself limited . We can possess it only as a shared freedom, in the communion of freedom: only if we live in the right way , with one another and for one another, can freedom develop . We live in the right way if we live in accordance with the truth of our being, and that is in accordance with God’s will . For God’s will is not a law for the human being imposed from the outside and that constrains him, but the intrinsic measure of his nature , a measure that is engraved within him and makes him the image of God, hence, a free creature .&quot; (Homily on Solemnity of Immaculate Conception, 12/8/2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Our culture teaches us that freedom is in having choices, but this is at best imperfect freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We experience freedom when our desires are satisfied , and only by abiding in God are our deepest desires answered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  19. 19. Freedom Comes From Adherence to God <ul><ul><li>&quot; The freedom of a human being is the freedom of a limited being, and therefore is itself limited . We can possess it only as a shared freedom, in the communion of freedom: only if we live in the right way , with one another and for one another, can freedom develop . We live in the right way if we live in accordance with the truth of our being, and that is in accordance with God’s will . For God’s will is not a law for the human being imposed from the outside and that constrains him, but the intrinsic measure of his nature , a measure that is engraved within him and makes him the image of God, hence, a free creature .&quot; (Homily on Solemnity of Immaculate Conception, 12/8/2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Our culture teaches us that freedom is in having choices, but this is at best imperfect freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We experience freedom when our desires are satisfied , and only by abiding in God are our deepest desires answered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  20. 20. Faith is Reasonable <ul><ul><li>&quot; Not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature .&quot;  (Address at Regensburg, 9/12/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;[Commenting on the scientific ethos:]  The intention here is not one of retrenchment ..., but of broadening our concept of reason and its application ... [to] overcome the self-imposed limitation of reason to the empirically falsifiable , ... once more disclos[ing reason's] vast horizons .&quot; (Address at Regensburg, 9/12/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The method of faith is natural to humanity; faith is a method of knowing </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Reason is the capacity to be aware of reality according to the totality of its factors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If reason = scientific rationality , the questions that matter most -- the meaning of existence -- cannot be asked </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Faith is Reasonable <ul><ul><li>&quot; Not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature .&quot;  (Address at Regensburg, 9/12/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;[Commenting on the scientific ethos:]  The intention here is not one of retrenchment ..., but of broadening our concept of reason and its application ... [to] overcome the self-imposed limitation of reason to the empirically falsifiable , ... once more disclos[ing reason's] vast horizons .&quot; (Address at Regensburg, 9/12/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The method of faith is natural to humanity; faith is a method of knowing </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>Reason is the capacity to be aware of reality according to the totality of its factors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If reason = scientific rationality , the questions that matter most -- the meaning of existence -- cannot be asked </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Hope is in Something Present <ul><ul><li>“ Redemption is offered to us in the sense that we have been given hope, trustworthy hope, by virtue of which we can face our present : the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey. … Faith is not merely a personal reaching out towards things to come that are still totally absent: it gives us something. It gives us even now something of the reality we are waiting for, and this present reality constitutes for us a ‘proof’ of the things that are still unseen . Faith draws the future into the present, so that it is no longer simply a ‘not yet.’ The fact that this future exists changes the present; the present is touched by the future reality, and thus the things of the future spill over into those of the present and those of the present into those of the future . … </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>The promise of Christ is not only a reality that we await, but a real presence .”  (Spe Salvi, 1, 7-8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hope is not vague optimism .  It is a reasonable expectation about the future that is generated by our experience in the present of a grace given ( faith in Christ ) </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Hope is in Something Present <ul><ul><li>“ Redemption is offered to us in the sense that we have been given hope, trustworthy hope, by virtue of which we can face our present : the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey. … Faith is not merely a personal reaching out towards things to come that are still totally absent: it gives us something. It gives us even now something of the reality we are waiting for, and this present reality constitutes for us a ‘proof’ of the things that are still unseen . Faith draws the future into the present, so that it is no longer simply a ‘not yet.’ The fact that this future exists changes the present; the present is touched by the future reality, and thus the things of the future spill over into those of the present and those of the present into those of the future . … </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>The promise of Christ is not only a reality that we await, but a real presence .”  (Spe Salvi, 1, 7-8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hope is not vague optimism .  It is a reasonable expectation about the future that is generated by our experience in the present of a grace given ( faith in Christ ) </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Without Truth, Love Becomes Sentimentality   <ul><ul><li>&quot;[Paul VI] taught that life in Christ is the first and principal factor of development ... It is the primordial truth of God's love ... that opens our lives to gift and makes it possible to hope for a 'development of the whole man and of all men,' to hope for progress 'from less human conditions to those which are more human,' obtained by overcoming the difficulties that are inevitably encountered along the way.&quot; (Caritas in Veritate, 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality . ...  A Christianity of charity without truth would be more or less interchangeable with a pool of </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>good sentiments, helpful for social cohesion, but of little relevance.&quot;  (Caritas in Veritate, 3-4)  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human development is an ontological issue and a matter of knowledge before it is a matter of morals </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Without Truth, Love Becomes Sentimentality   <ul><ul><li>&quot;[Paul VI] taught that life in Christ is the first and principal factor of development ... It is the primordial truth of God's love ... that opens our lives to gift and makes it possible to hope for a 'development of the whole man and of all men,' to hope for progress 'from less human conditions to those which are more human,' obtained by overcoming the difficulties that are inevitably encountered along the way.&quot; (Caritas in Veritate, 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality . ...  A Christianity of charity without truth would be more or less interchangeable with a pool of </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>good sentiments, helpful for social cohesion, but of little relevance.&quot;  (Caritas in Veritate, 3-4)  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human development is an ontological issue and a matter of knowledge before it is a matter of morals </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. One Cannot Believe On One's Own <ul><ul><li>&quot; We cannot have Jesus without the reality he created and in which he communicates himself . Between the Son of God-made-flesh and his Church there is a profound, unbreakable and mysterious continuity by which Christ is present today in his people . He is ... always contemporary with the Church, built on the foundation of the Apostles and alive in the succession of the Apostles. And his very presence in the community, in which he himself is always with us, is the reason for our joy . Yes, Christ is with us, the Kingdom of God is coming.&quot; (Wed. Audience, 3/15/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I am in the Church for the same reasons why I am a Christian: because one cannot believe on one's own . One can be Christian only in the Church, not </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>alongside it. &quot; (Bavarian Catholic Academy in Munich, June 4, 1970)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church is the continuity of Christ, the continuation of His presence and work of salvation </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. One Cannot Believe On One's Own <ul><ul><li>&quot; We cannot have Jesus without the reality he created and in which he communicates himself . Between the Son of God-made-flesh and his Church there is a profound, unbreakable and mysterious continuity by which Christ is present today in his people . He is ... always contemporary with the Church, built on the foundation of the Apostles and alive in the succession of the Apostles. And his very presence in the community, in which he himself is always with us, is the reason for our joy . Yes, Christ is with us, the Kingdom of God is coming.&quot; (Wed. Audience, 3/15/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I am in the Church for the same reasons why I am a Christian: because one cannot believe on one's own . One can be Christian only in the Church, not </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>alongside it. &quot; (Bavarian Catholic Academy in Munich, June 4, 1970)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church is the continuity of Christ, the continuation of His presence and work of salvation </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. The Church Exists In People <ul><ul><li>&quot; [T]he Church exists in people , and we have seen that the Lord entrusted this new reality, the Church, to the Twelve Apostles . Let us now look at them one by one, to understand through these people what it means to experience the Church and what it means to follow Jesus .&quot; (Wed. Audience, 5/17/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Thanks to the Paraclete, it will always be possible for subsequent generations to have the same experience of the Risen One that was lived by the apostolic community at the origin of the Church, since it is passed on and actualized in the faith, worship, and communion of the People of God , on pilgrimage through time.&quot;  (Wed. Audience, 4/26/2006) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church isn't a distant and cold institution but a Presence, generated by the Spirit, coming through the concrete face and witness of a diverse people whose bond is Christ </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. The Church Exists In People <ul><ul><li>&quot; [T]he Church exists in people , and we have seen that the Lord entrusted this new reality, the Church, to the Twelve Apostles . Let us now look at them one by one, to understand through these people what it means to experience the Church and what it means to follow Jesus .&quot; (Wed. Audience, 5/17/2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Thanks to the Paraclete, it will always be possible for subsequent generations to have the same experience of the Risen One that was lived by the apostolic community at the origin of the Church, since it is passed on and actualized in the faith, worship, and communion of the People of God , on pilgrimage through time.&quot;  (Wed. Audience, 4/26/2006) </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church isn't a distant and cold institution but a Presence, generated by the Spirit, coming through the concrete face and witness of a diverse people whose bond is Christ </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Liturgy Teaches us to See <ul><ul><li>“ To awake … means to develop a receptivity for God: for the silent promptings with which he chooses to guide us; for the many indications of his presence . … [O]ur way of thinking and acting, the mentality of today’s world , the whole range of our experience is inclined to deaden our receptivity for God .... And yet in every soul, the desire for God, the capacity to encounter him, is present, whether in a hidden way or overtly. In order to arrive at this … awakening to what is essential, we should pray for ourselves and for others .... The great theologian Origen said this: if I had the grace to see as Paul saw, I could even now (during the Liturgy) contemplate a great host of angels. And indeed, in the sacred liturgy, we are surrounded by the angels of God and the saints . The Lord himself is present in our midst. Lord, open the eyes of our hearts , so that we may become vigilant and clear-sighted, in this way bringing you close to others as well!” (Homily, Midnight Mass, 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The ‘image of God’ in man is not, of course, something that we can photograph or see with a merely photographic kind of perception. We can indeed see it, but only with the new seeing of faith . We can </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>see it, just as we can see the goodness in a man, his honesty, interior truth, humility, love -- everything, in fact, that gives him a certain likeness to God. But if we are to do this, we must learn a new kind of seeing, and that is what the Eucharist is for ...” (Spirit of the Liturgy, pg. 82) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Besides being the place of utmost communion with God, the liturgy is also an education in how to see the deep truths of our experiences and His presence </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Liturgy Teaches us to See <ul><ul><li>“ To awake … means to develop a receptivity for God: for the silent promptings with which he chooses to guide us; for the many indications of his presence . … [O]ur way of thinking and acting, the mentality of today’s world , the whole range of our experience is inclined to deaden our receptivity for God .... And yet in every soul, the desire for God, the capacity to encounter him, is present, whether in a hidden way or overtly. In order to arrive at this … awakening to what is essential, we should pray for ourselves and for others .... The great theologian Origen said this: if I had the grace to see as Paul saw, I could even now (during the Liturgy) contemplate a great host of angels. And indeed, in the sacred liturgy, we are surrounded by the angels of God and the saints . The Lord himself is present in our midst. Lord, open the eyes of our hearts , so that we may become vigilant and clear-sighted, in this way bringing you close to others as well!” (Homily, Midnight Mass, 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The ‘image of God’ in man is not, of course, something that we can photograph or see with a merely photographic kind of perception. We can indeed see it, but only with the new seeing of faith . We can </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>see it, just as we can see the goodness in a man, his honesty, interior truth, humility, love -- everything, in fact, that gives him a certain likeness to God. But if we are to do this, we must learn a new kind of seeing, and that is what the Eucharist is for ...” (Spirit of the Liturgy, pg. 82) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Besides being the place of utmost communion with God, the liturgy is also an education in how to see the deep truths of our experiences and His presence </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. The Church Has to Be Inwardly Open <ul><ul><li>&quot; I have nothing against it if people who all year long never visit a church go there at least on Christmas Night or New Year’s Eve or on special occasions, because this is another way of belonging to the blessing of the sacred , to the light. There have to be various forms of participation and association; the Church has to be inwardly open .&quot; (God and the World, p. 442) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;[S]tained glass windows ... flood the interior with mystic light.  From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, even dreary.  But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor.  ... It is only from the inside, from the experience of faith </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>and ecclesial life, that we see the Church as she truly is: flooded with grace, resplendent in beauty, adorned by the manifold gifts of the Spirit .&quot;  (Votive Mass, St. Patrick's Cathedral,  4/19/2008)  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church continues Christ's method of inviting all to &quot;come and see&quot; who He is </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. The Church Has to Be Inwardly Open <ul><ul><li>&quot; I have nothing against it if people who all year long never visit a church go there at least on Christmas Night or New Year’s Eve or on special occasions, because this is another way of belonging to the blessing of the sacred , to the light. There have to be various forms of participation and association; the Church has to be inwardly open .&quot; (God and the World, p. 442) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;[S]tained glass windows ... flood the interior with mystic light.  From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, even dreary.  But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor.  ... It is only from the inside, from the experience of faith </li></ul></ul>Mind of Pope Benedict XVI OLOP |YA YOUNG ADULTS <ul><ul><li>and ecclesial life, that we see the Church as she truly is: flooded with grace, resplendent in beauty, adorned by the manifold gifts of the Spirit .&quot;  (Votive Mass, St. Patrick's Cathedral,  4/19/2008)  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church continues Christ's method of inviting all to &quot;come and see&quot; who He is </li></ul></ul>

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