1. Felicific Forest
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    28 Apr '05 23:59
    ..... I have called you friends" (Jn 15,15).

    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - Homily at the Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff

    http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2062


    4/19/2005 - 5:00 AM PST

    ©Catholic Online 2005

    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    Mass in St. Peter's Basilica
    April 18, 2005

    “At this hour of great responsibility, we hear with special consideration what the Lord says to us in his own words. From the three readings I would like to examine just a few passages which concern us directly at this time."



    "How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking... The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and "swept along by every wind of teaching," looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.

    However, we have a different goal: the Son of God, true man. He is the measure of true humanism. Being an "Adult" means having a faith which does not follow the waves of today’s fashions or the latest novelties. A faith which is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this friendship which opens us up to all that is good and gives us the knowledge to judge true from false, and deceit from truth. We must become mature in this adult faith; we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith. And it is this faith - only faith - which creates unity and takes form in love. On this theme, Saint Paul offers us some beautiful words - in contrast to the continual ups and downs of those were are like infants, tossed about by the waves: (he says) make truth in love, as the basic formula of Christian existence. In Christ, truth and love coincide. To the extent that we draw near to Christ, in our own life, truth and love merge. Love without truth would be blind; truth without love would be like "a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal" (1 Cor 13,1)."


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    http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2062
  2. Not Kansas
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    29 Apr '05 04:24
    My head exploded after the first sentence. Then I realized he was refering to the Bible. Long day, much tired.
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    29 Apr '05 18:31
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    ..... I have called you friends" (Jn 15,15).

    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - Homily at the Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff

    http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2062


    4/19/2005 - 5:00 AM PST

    ©Catholic Online 2005

    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    Mass in St. Peter's Basilica
    April 18, 2005

    “At this hour of great respons ...[text shortened]... to read the whole homily please visit:

    http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2062
    what do you think of what he was impling?
  4. Felicific Forest
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    29 Apr '05 22:29
    Originally posted by KneverKnight
    My head exploded after the first sentence. Then I realized he was refering to the Bible. Long day, much tired.
    Originally posted by KneverKnight
    [b]My head exploded after the first sentence.



    I'm curious what will happen to you after you've read the whole homily .....
  5. Felicific Forest
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    29 Apr '05 22:30
    Originally posted by blindfaith101
    what do you think of what he was impling?

    I'm sure it is somewhere in the homily.
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    30 Apr '05 05:381 edit
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    Originally posted by KneverKnight
    [b]My head exploded after the first sentence.



    I'm curious what will happen to you after you've read the whole homily .....
    [/b]Sounds like he is attempting to circle the Christian wagons against the barbarian onslaught from the East.
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    30 Apr '05 20:441 edit
    Originally posted by KneverKnight
    Sounds like he is attempting to circle the Christian wagons against the barbarian onslaught from the East.[/b]
    From the East ? .... rather from the West itself I would say .....
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    01 May '05 16:50
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    From the East ? .... rather from the West itself I would say .....
    I was thinking "gongs and cymbals" are used in some eastern ceremonies, but OK, picked up here in the west too.
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