Friday, November 16, 2012

Pope Benedict on Divine Friendship

If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed.-Pope Benedict XVI
Christ is always there, most especially in the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are two times where we can experience this presence of our Lord. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Christ breaks the bonds of sin, and gives us true freedom, because He died upon the Cross.

The present Pope and his predecessor have focused on the Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity. I find it to be a particularly relevant theme to my own life. Check out the last encyclical of Bl John Paul, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope Benedict's post-Synodal exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, and His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke's commentary on these, which I just received in the mail, Divine Love Made Flesh.
Cardinal Burke is the former Archbishop of St Louis, and the current prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (the highest court of appeals in the Church below the Holy Father).

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