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Posted January 14, 2008

Book: Benedict XVI: Spiritual Thoughts in the first year of his papacy
Author: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C. 2007. Pp. 128

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

“Have the courage to dare with God! Try it!
Do not be afraid of him!
Have the courage to risk with faith!
Have the courage to risk with goodness!
Have the courage to risk with a pure heart!
Commit yourselves to God,
then you will see that it is precisely by doing so
that your life will become broad and light,
not boring but filled with infinite surprises,
for God’s infinite goodness
is never depleted!”

Benedict PP XVI

An Excerpt from the Book:

Respecting Life

The word “respect” derives from the Latin word respicere, to look at, and means a way of looking at things and people that leads to recognizing their substantial character, not to appropriate them but rather to treat them with respect and to take care of them. In the final analysis, if creatures are deprived of their reference to God asa transcendent basis, they risk being at the mercy of the will of man who, as we see, can make an improper use of it.

Homily in the Parish of St. Anna, Feb. 5, 2006

The True Progress

Yes, there is progress in history. There is, we could say, an evolution of history. Progress is all that which brings us closer to Christ and thus closer to a united humanity, to true humanism. And so, hidden within these indications there is also an imperative for us: to work for progress, something that we all want. We can do this by working to bring others to Christ; we can do this by personally conforming ourselves to Christ, thereby taking up the path of true progress.

Catechesis to the General Audience. Jan. 4, 2006

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Spiritual Thoughts of Benedict XVI