‘Very soon, I will find myself before the final judge of my life…’
VATICAN CITY — With the early morning news of the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church and the world are mourning and remembering a life so well lived.
With an enormous wealth of spiritual advice and sound theological doctrine, it is no easy task to extract the best quotes from such a humble and generous soul. But as we mourn the loss of a great man, here are just 10 quotes from Benedict XVI that we especially remember today.
Very soon I will find myself before the final judge of my life. Although, looking back on my long life, I may have many reasons to fear and tremble, nevertheless, I am in good spirits, for I firmly trust that the Lord is not only the just judge, but also the friend and brother that he himself already he has suffered for my defects, and therefore he is also my lawyer, my ‘Paraclete’. In light of the hour of judgment, the grace of being a Christian becomes clearer to me. He grants me knowledge and indeed friendship with the judge of my life, thus allowing me to confidently walk through the dark gate of death. In this regard, I am constantly reminded of what John tells us at the beginning of the Apocalypse: he sees the Son of man in all his greatness and falls at his feet as if dead. However, He, placing his right hand on him, says to him: ‘Do not be afraid! It is I…’ (cf. Rev 1, 12-17)
A Christian knows when it is time to talk about God and when it is better to say nothing and let only love speak.
My dear young friends, I want to invite you to ‘dare to love’. Do not wish for your life anything less than a strong and beautiful love and that is capable of making your entire existence a joyous undertaking to give yourself to God and to your brothers, in imitation of the One who forever defeated hatred and death. for love (cf. Ap 5,13).
Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their external needs; I can give them the look of love they crave.
“The awareness that, in Christ, God has given himself for us, even to death, should inspire us to live no longer for ourselves, but for him and, with him, for others. Whoever loves Christ loves the Church and wants the Church to be more and more the image and instrument of the love that springs from Christ.
If you follow God’s will, you know that despite all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or wants to help you, you keep going, trusting in the One who loves you.
Mary is the woman of hope… Mary is the woman of faith… Mary is the woman who loves… Mary has truly become the Mother of all believers. Men and women of all times and places turn to her maternal goodness and virginal purity and grace, in all their needs and aspirations, their joys and sorrows, their moments of solitude and their common efforts. They constantly experience the gift of her kindness and the inexhaustible love that pours out from the depths of her heart.
Marriage is linked to faith, but not in a general way. Marriage, as a union of faithful and indissoluble love, is based on the grace that comes from the triune God, who in Christ loved us with a faithful love, even to the cross.
We have come to believe in the love of God: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being a Christian is not the fruit of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but of an encounter with an event, with a person, that gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.
Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to start over and, above all, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI!