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Pope Benedict’s Lenten Message-“Let us be concerned for each other,..” (Heb 10:24)

Feb. 11 at 6:49am | Comments: 0

Following Dr. Thunder's excellent lecture on "Who is My Neighbor?", I thought I would post the Pope's Lenten message: Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing,...


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Re: The evangelical power of beauty

Feb. 14 at 11:57am | see this comment in context

The previous quote is from the Pontifical Council for Cultures reflection on the role of art, archtecture and beauty in evangeliation called "The Way of Beauty"

Re: The evangelical power of beauty

Feb. 14 at 11:55am | see this comment in context

"A work of art is a product of the creative capacity of the human being who in questioning visible reality, seeks to discover its deep meaning and to communicate it through the language of forms, colour and sound. Art is able to manifest and make visible the human need to surpass the visible, it expresses the thirst and the quest for the infinite.   Some artistic expressions are real highways to God, the supreme Beauty; indeed, they help us to grow in our relationship with him, in prayer. These are works that were born from faith and express faith. We can see an example of this when we visit a Gothic cathedral: we are enraptured by the vertical lines that soar skywards and uplift our gaze and our spirit, while at the same time we feel small yet long for fullness... Or when we enter a Romanesque church we are spontaneously prompted to meditate and to pray. We perceive that these splendid buildings contain, as it were, the faith of generations. Or when we listen to a piece of sacred music that plucks at our heartstrings, our mind, as it were, expands and turns naturally to God."  Way of Beauty

Re: The evangelical power of beauty

Feb. 14 at 11:49am | see this comment in context

My favorite Ratzinger quote from The Ratzinger Report: “The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.  Better witness is borne to the Lord by the splendor of holiness and art which have arisen in the community of believers than by the clever excuses which apologetics has come up with to justify the dark sides which, sadly, are so frequent in the Church’s human history. …Christians must not be too easily satisfied. They must make their Church into a place where beauty – and hence truth – is at home.  Without this the world will become the first circle of hell.”  -Cardinal Ratzinger, (Pope Benedict XVI)

Re: The evangelical power of beauty

Feb. 14 at 11:48am | see this comment in context

For now, I will post some quote from Pope Benedict XVI but work up something more later.  From his dedication of the magnificent Sagrada Famila church in Barcelona!  “Indeed, beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth.  Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness.”                                      –Pope Benedict at Sagrada Familia.

Re: Do we want our politicians to be consistent?

Mar. 2 at 1:21pm | see this comment in context

I have never come across any direct quotes from JPII supporting the military action in Afganistan but have read many articles which have claimed it.  See http://www.catholicherald.com/stories/The-morality-of-the-war-in-Afghanistan,11042 I will keep looking to see if I can find something direct.  Most likely, he may have acknowledged it seemed to meet the Just War criteria but I imagine he still pressed for other more non-violent options, if possible!  Mike

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