Friday, November 30, 2007

Papa delivers again!

Pope Benedict has just put out his new (and second) encyclical: Spe Salvi. Here is the full text.

And here's the introduction. To whet your appetite.

SPE SALVI facti sumus”—in hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us (Rom 8:24). According to the Christian faith, “redemption”—salvation—is not simply a given. Redemption is offered to us in the sense that we have been given hope, trustworthy hope, by virtue of which we can face our present: the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey. Now the question immediately arises: what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed? And what sort of certainty is involved here?"

Go to it!


Julia said...

Girl, I didn't know you had a blog! I love it! And it seems your daughter has a little philosopher in her as well from her contemplations! God bless you and thanks for the prayers!!!

Julia said...

oh, and ps- the Daughters of St. Paul (Pauline Books and Media) will publishing this document :)

You will be able to get it online or in a Pauline store near you :)

Sorry for the shameless plug- Just spreading the Good Word :)

Erika Ahern said...

amen, spread it!