Pope Ratzinger (as we call Him in Italy) on the wickedness of the modern world (a "must read" lecture)


#1

Dear brothers and sisters,

This is a rather long lecture, given by the present Pope a few days before JP II died.
It is very important but very long so you may want to print it and read it when you get the time

Link:

renewamerica.us/columns/gaynor/051206


#2

Excellent read - thanks for posting it.


#3

Thank you! What a gift he is to the Church!


#4

Thank you :smiley:


#5

Here is my favorite part:

"Above all, that of which we are in need at this moment in history are men who, through an enlightened and lived faith, render God credible in this world. The negative testimony of Christians who speak about God and live against him, has darkened God’s image and opened the door to disbelief. We need men who have their gaze directed to God, to understand true humanity. We need men whose intellects are enlightened by the light of God, and whose hearts God opens, so that their intellects can speak to the intellects of others, and so that their hearts are able to open up to the hearts of others.

"Only through men who have been touched by God, can God come near to men. We need men like Benedict of Norcia, who at a time of dissipation and decadence, plunged into the most profound solitude, succeeding, after all the purifications he had to suffer, to ascend again to the light, to return and to found Montecasino, the city on the mountain that, with so many ruins, gathered together the forces from which a new world was formed.

“In this way Benedict, like Abraham, became the father of many nations. The recommendations to his monks presented at the end of his ‘Rule’ are guidelines that show us also the way that leads on high, beyond the crisis and the ruins.”

:thumbsup:


#6

I totally agree, this part of that really touched me and spoke to me.

We need men who have their gaze directed to God, to understand true humanity. We need men whose intellects are enlightened by the light of God, and whose hearts God opens, so that their intellects can speak to the intellects of others, and so that their hearts are able to open up to the hearts of others.

"Only through men who have been touched by God, can God come near to men. We need men like Benedict of Norcia, who at a time of dissipation and decadence, plunged into the most profound solitude, succeeding, after all the purifications he had to suffer, to ascend again to the light

Men like Fr. Corapi!!


#7

Yes we live in evil times. But if I gave a detailed history lesson mainly in western world history I could prove easily that all times were evil times to one extent or another and that when comparing time frames you are trading one evil for another. Yes it is very seculer in this age, but 1500 years ago popes had to deal with large scale paganism and many times were murdered by pagans. That doesn’t happen anymore. In jesus’s time traveling long distanceswas very dangerous because of robbers and barbarians. Now that doesn’t cross most people’s mind. There will always be evil in this world, but there will always be good also.


#8

Yes…and no.

Pagans at least believed they were attempting to follow thier polytheistic or pre-Christian religion(s). Not all of the world had, as of that time, been touched by the gospel.

Barbarians were a sign of the times. Non-civilized societies who knew of no other ways.

What happens these days is more difficult for the lover of God to understand. The excuses are much thinner. People today choose evil when there is an alternative. Education on good vs. evil is at most people in this modern day, fingertips. Yet they choose to reject good that enters into thier existance because it also often means self-sacrifice.

Today many people have elected to chose evil over good. All one has to do is look at the most popular of television shows to see the choice of evil over good in action.

We live in a “what’s in it for me” society. The evil is overflowing and deeply disturbing.


#9

I agree with Mijoy.

Yes, in the old days many people were pagan but then many people had never heard any religion preached to them.
Yes there were barbarians, bandits and a lot of danger for your physical health.
But today it is different, it is worse: most people know about one religion or the other but reject religion.
Today’s world may appear to us safer for your body, although I do not think so: just yesterday there were two world wars.
Even if today’s world were safer for the body, the problem is that it kills the soul.


#10

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