Friday, November 12, 2010

Money Quote From Benedict XVI to Young Americans

Yup. I read documents that are issued from obscure Vatican dicasteries. I re-read Papal documents. I eat it all up.

Now that we are all up-to-date on my Catholic nerdiness. I offer you the following money quote from Pope Benedict XVI, who was talking to young people in America:
What purpose has a “freedom” which, in disregarding truth, pursues what is false or wrong? How many young people have been offered a hand which in the name of freedom or experience has led them to addiction, to moral or intellectual confusion, to hurt, to a loss of self-respect, even to despair and so tragically and sadly to the taking of their own life? Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of rules. It is a discovery of the One who never fails us; the One whom we can always trust. In seeking truth we come to live by belief because ultimately truth is a person: Jesus Christ. That is why authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ’s very being for others.
The entire speech is amazing and written in very approachable language. I highly recommend it.

2 comments:

Teresa said...

Pope Benedict is so wise! He is a wonderful Shepherd guiding his flock.

Ebeth said...

Yep, I really am so happy with PJPII's predecessor. Both loved our youth so much and talked with them, not to them!

Thanks Marcel!

love your geekiness!