Pope Benedict Xvi Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old pope benedict xvi quotes, pope benedict xvi sayings, and pope benedict xvi proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


What does Sunday, the day of the Lord, mean for us? It is a day for rest and for family, but first of all a day for Him.     

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What does Sunday, the day of the Lord, mean for us? It is a day for rest and for family, but first of all a day for Him.     

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The closer a person is to God, the closer he is to people.     

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The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.     

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The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.     

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The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right — it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society.     

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Mercy is what moves us toward God, while justice makes us tremble in his sight.     

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Purity of heart is what enables us to see.     

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Attempts to construct an ethic from the rules of evolution, or from psychology and sociology, end up being simply inadequate.     

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The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God's call.     

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Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord.     

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The wrath of God is a way of saying that I have been living in a way that is contrary to the love that is God. Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath.     

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There is an urgent need for the emergence of a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ, capable of responding to the challenges of our times and prepared to spread the Gospel far and wide.     

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An important function of theology is to keep religion tied to reason and reason to religion. Both roles are of essential importance for humanity.     

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Dialogue is the fundamental unfolding of a gift of oneself to another.     

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God's dialogue with us becomes truly human, since God conducts his part as man.     

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We know well that this truth risks being contradicted by the hedonism of the so-called well-off societies: Life is exalted as long as it's pleasant, but one tends to not respect it any more when it is sick or damaged.     

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Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken.     

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In Jesus Christ, God took on a human face and became our friend and brother.     

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The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.     

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Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction     

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Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.     

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On the one hand, faith is a profoundly personal contact with God, which touches me in my innermost being and places me in front of the living God in absolute immediacy in such a way that I can speak with Him, love Him, and enter into communion with Him.      

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God does not change; he is Love, ever and always. In himself, he is communion, unity in Trinity, and all his words and works are directed to communion.     

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In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become 'one flesh', so in Communion we all become 'one spirit', one person, with Christ.     

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In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become "one flesh", so in Communion we all become "one spirit", one person, with Christ.     

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Following Jesus in faith is to walk with him in the communion of the Church. You cannot follow Jesus alone.      

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God does not change; he is Love, ever and always. In himself, he is communion, unity in Trinity, and all his words and works are directed to communion.     

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Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd! Do not allow your net to be torn, help us to be servants of unity!     

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It is rational to believe, as it is our very existence that is at stake.      

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