Saturday, September 08, 2007

Pope Benedict's Homily at Mariazell

One excerpt in particular from the Holy Father's homily caught my attention:

Only He [Jesus] is God and therefore only He is the bridge that truly brings God and man together. So if we Christians call him the one universal Mediator of salvation, valid for everyone and, ultimately, needed by everyone, this does not mean that we despise other religions, nor are we arrogantly absolutizing our own ideas; on the contrary, it means that we are gripped by him who has touched our hearts and lavished gifts upon us, so that we, in turn, can offer gifts to others. In fact, our faith is decisively opposed to the attitude of resignation that considers man incapable of truth -- as if this were more than he could cope with. This attitude of resignation with regard to truth, I am convinced, lies at the heart of the crisis of the West, the crisis of Europe. If truth does not exist for man, then neither can he ultimately distinguish between good and evil. (The entire homily is available at Zenit.)

Great stuff from our Holy Father, and especially appropriate, as Rorate Caeli points out, on the 100th Anniversary of Pope St. Pius X's Pascendi Dominici Gregis in which he condemns the errors of modernism. Do also visit Rorate Caeli for their celebration of 100 Years of Pascendi.

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