March 26, 2017

Daring To Say Yes To God

Lent With Pope Benedict XVI

"He who loves his life loses it, 
and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." 
John 12:25

"In other words, the one who wants to have his life for himself - living only for himself - is actually the one who loses his life. 

Life becomes boring and empty. 
Only by self abandonment does our life become broad and great.

An upright life always involves sacrifice, renunciation. 
To hold out the promise of a life without this constant re-giving of self is to mislead. There is no such thing as a successful life without sacrifice."

-Homily, April 5, 2009
Excerpt from "Lent with Pope Benedict XVI Meditations for Every Day"
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March 19, 2017

Praying in the Light of Christ

Lenten Reflections with Pope Benedict XVI

"Together with fasting and works of mercy, 
prayer is the backbone of our spiritual life."

"Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you to find in this Lenten season prolonged moments of silence, possible in retreat, in order to review your own lives in the light of the loving plan of the heavenly Father."

"Let yourselves be guided in this more intense listening to God by the Virgin Mary, a teacher and a model of prayer. Even in the thick darkness of Christ's passion she did not lose the light of her divine Son but rather treasured it in her heart. For this we call on her as Mother of Trust and Hope!"

-Angelus Address, Second Sunday of Lent, March 8, 2009
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March 11, 2017

Spiritual Combat

Lent with Pope Benedict XVI

"St. Augustine remarks that those who want to walk in the love of God and his mercy, cannot be content with ridding themselves of grave and mortal sins but: 

"should do the truth, also recognizing sins that are considered less grave . . ., and come to the light by doing worthy actions. Even less grave sins, if they are ignored, proliferate and produce death." 

"Lent reminds us, therefore, that the Christian life is a never-ending combat in which the "weapons" of prayer, fasting and penance are used; 
Fighting against evil, against every form of selfishness and hate, and dying to oneself to live in God is the ascetic journey that every disciple of Jesus is called to make with humility and patience, with generosity and perseverance." 

-Excerpt from Pope Benedict's March 2006 Ash Wed Homily

March 5, 2017

Lent With Pope Benedict XVI 

"The Christian's life is a life of Faith,founded on the Word of God and nourished by it. 
In the trials of life and in every temptation the secret of victory lies 
in listening to the word of truth and rejecting with determination falsehood and evil. 

This is the true and central program of the Lenten season: 
To listen to the word of truth; to live, speak and do what is true; 
to refuse falsehood that poisons humanity and is the vehicle of all evils. 

It is therefore urgently necessary in these 40 days to listen anew to the gospel, 
the word of the Lord, the word of truth, so that in every Christian, in every one of us, 
the understanding of the truth given to him, given to us, may be strengthened, 
so that we may live and witness to it."

Excerpt from Ash Wed General Audience, March 2006