Pope Quotes 1

20 09 2010

Pope Quotes 1

It seems that what has been happening in Britain over the past week really does need a comment.  So as not to use up too much space my intention is to run four of these with just a brief comment each day. For those who don’t want to spend too much time, here is a resource. I have scanned all the Vatican reports for the Pope’s recent visit and below are a number of quotes taken from all he said, and this first one picks up the simple but excellent things he said about the spiritual life. Oh to hear these things from English religious leaders!!!! I’ll comment more tomorrow.

1. The Spiritual Life

The Quality of Local Christian leaders

“you are called to holiness and to serve God’s people by modelling your lives on the mystery of the Lord’s cross. Preach the Gospel with a pure heart and a clear conscience. Dedicate yourselves to God alone and you will become shining examples to young men of a holy, simple and joyful life: they, in their turn, will surely wish to join you in your single-minded service of God’s people”.  (Call to Priests – Glasgow – Thurs 16th)

Call to young people

“There are many temptations placed before you every day – drugs, money, sex, pornography, alcohol – which the world tells you will bring you happiness, yet these things are destructive and divisive. There is only one thing which lasts: the love of Jesus Christ personally for each one of you. Search for Him, know Him and love Him, and He will set you free from slavery to the glittering but superficial existence frequently proposed by today’s society. Put aside what is worthless and learn of your own dignity as children of God”.    (Call to young people – Glasgow)

A call to young people – have good priorities

I am asking you not to be content with second best. I am asking you not to pursue one limited goal and ignore all the others. … Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple – true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only He can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.  (To students of Catholic Schools – Twickenham – Fri 17th)

The Impact of a True Relationship with God

“Not only does God love us with a depth and an intensity that we can scarcely begin to comprehend, but He invites us to respond to that love. And once you enter into friendship with God, everything in your life begins to change. … You are attracted to the practice of virtue. You begin to see greed and selfishness and all the other sins for what they really are, destructive and dangerous tendencies that cause deep suffering and do great damage. … You begin to feel compassion for people in difficulties and you are eager to do something to help them. (Ongoing comments to students – Twickenham – Fri 17th)

A call to love and devotion to God

“Every day we have to choose to love and this requires help, the help that comes from Christ, from prayer and from the wisdom found in His Word, and from the grace which He bestows on us in the Sacraments of His Church. This is the message I want to share with you today. I ask you to look into your hearts each day to find the source of all true love. Jesus … is calling you to spend time with Him in prayer. But this kind of prayer, real prayer, requires discipline; it requires making time for moments of silence every day, … because it is in silence that we find God, and in silence that we discover our true self. And in discovering our true self, we discover the particular vocation which God has given us for the building up of His Church and the redemption of our world”.    (Ongoing at the Mass – Sat 18th)

Belief & Practice go together

“Finally, Newman teaches us that if we have accepted the truth of Christ and committed our lives to Him, there can be no separation between what we believe and the way we live our lives. Our every thought, word and action must be directed to the glory of God and the spread of His Kingdom. (Ongoing Hyde Park – referring to Cardinal Newman – Sat 18th)

A final call into communion with God

“Cardinal Newman’s motto, ‘Cor ad cor loquitur’, or Heart speaks unto heart, gives us an insight into his understanding of the Christian life as a call to holiness, experienced as the profound desire of the human heart to enter into intimate communion with the Heart of God. He reminds us that faithfulness to prayer gradually transforms us into the divine likeness”.  (Birmingham – Sun 19th)

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