Sunday, February 12, 2017

This is My Faith, This is My Joy

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way?
If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to Him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? No!
If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide.."

You have been called to play roles that concern the Universal Church. You are called to throw out the 'nets of the Gospel', into the stormy seas of our time; to obtain the adherence of men and women to Christ, so as to draw them out from the salty waters of death and from the dark, to live in communion with Jesus Christ.."

"The core of faith rests upon accepting being loved by God, and therefore to believe, is to say 'Yes', not only to Him, but to creation, to creatures, above all, to men, to try to see the image of God in each person and thereby to become a lover. That's not easy, but the basic Yes, the conviction that God has created men, that He stands behind them, that they aren't simply negative, gives love a reference point that enables it to ground hope on the basis of faith.”

"The Gospel purifies and renews: it bears fruit wherever the community of believers hears and welcomes the grace of God in truth and lives in charity. This is my faith; this is my joy..."

~ Pope Emeritus Benedict

h/t:  G. SanSeverino