Saturday, December 22, 2007

Benedict XVI and “Interfaith Dialogue”



The prevailing view today is that everyone should live by the religion – or perhaps by the atheism – in which he happens to find himself already. This, it is said, is the path of salvation for him. Such a view presupposes a strange picture of God and a strange idea of man and of the right way for man to live. Let us try to clarify this by asking a few practical questions. Does someone achieve blessedness and justification in God’s eyes because he has conscientiously fulfilled the duties of blood vengeance? Because he has vigorously fought for and in “holy war”? Or because he has performed certain animal sacrifices? Or because he has practiced ritual ablutions and other observances? Because he has declared his opinions and wishes them to be norms of conscience and so made himself the criterion? No, God demands the opposite: that we become inwardly attentive to his quiet exhortation, which is present in us and which tears us away from what is merely habitual and puts us on the road to truth. To “hunger and thirst for righteousness” – that is the path that lies open to everyone; that is the way that finds its destination in Jesus Christ.

Joseph Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI
Jesus of Nazareth
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3 Comments:

Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Thanks for that..

8:06 AM  
Blogger Catholic Teuchtar said...

I am reading this book for the second time at the moment.

From my experience Pope Benedicts writings are excellent for evangelising....If you can, lend it out! I have found that even the most hardened sola scripturalists cant fail to be impressed by his love of scripture.

12:15 PM  
Blogger WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

I loved that book. Can't wait for the next one. He is very gentle with those in error (gentler than I tend to be).
I think the message I got from this was that when Jesus said 'Seek and ye shall find' He meant it.

4:06 PM  

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