The Franciscan University will host the Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation for a conference celebrating their work.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was Pope Emeritus, but his impact was enormous. His profound words continue to shape the philosophy, theology, and life of the Church and the world.
an upcoming conference at the Franciscan University will celebrate his thinking and his important contributions.
The university will host the Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation for the October 19-21 conference.
The theme of the conference is “Joseph Ratzinger’s vision of the church and its relevance to contemporary challenges”. Its purpose is to explore the riches of his thought and apply it to the challenges facing the Church today.
Attendees can expect a rich feast of faith and intellectual inquiry on a number of interesting and relevant themes and issues that touch the life and nature of the Church: culture, church and state, history and eschatology, synodality, liturgy, Petrine primacy, Scripture, ecumenism, secularism, pastoral care, evangelization, the role of women, and much more.
The vision of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI can help the Church overcome critical challenges. Here are some of his most penetrating insights…
On understanding what people really need
“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.”
About the hope that lives beneath the hardest of times
“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 continue to trust in the One who loves you.
On the role of women in Christianity
“It is theologically and anthropologically important that women are at the center of Christianity. Through Mary and the other holy women, the feminine element is at the heart of the Christian religion.
On responding to evil with hope and faith
“Having Christian hope means knowing evil and, nevertheless, going towards the future with confidence. The core of faith rests on accepting to be loved by God, and therefore believing is saying 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 thus become a lover.”
On giving our lives to God withholding nothing
“If we allow Christ to fully enter our life, if we open ourselves totally to him, don’t we fear that he will take something away from us? Aren’t we perhaps afraid of giving up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? … Nope! If we let Christ into our life, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. Nope! Only in this friendship do the doors of life open wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. For this reason, today, with great strength and conviction, based on a long personal life experience, I tell you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing from you and gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundred times more in return.
On the purpose of true education.
“The purpose of all Christian education is, moreover, to form the believer in an adult faith that can make him a ‘new creature’, capable of witnessing in his environment the Christian hope that animates him.”
On God’s call to love wildly, generously, joyfully, and totally
“My dear young people, 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 defeated hatred and death forever. for love (cf. Ap 5, 13)».
On the need for beauty in our lives, homes, churches and liturgy
“Beauty, then, is not a mere adornment, but an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and of his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care that is needed so that the liturgical action reflects its innate splendor.