5 Favourites: Pope Benedict Quotes

It has been 2 years since Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. Those 2 years, for me personally, have been a time of great growth and discovery in my own Catholic faith. When Pope Benedict announced his resignation I was shocked (who knew popes could even do that?!) but it didn’t really affect me. I was still tiptoeing around being Catholic and still misunderstood so much about the Church and still wanted to believe, so strongly, that the Church’s teachings on same-sex marriage were wrong. I was still resistant to being Catholic when he resigned.

That is no longer the case, of course, but now as I’ve started reading his writings more I can honestly say, I wish I had been Catholic while he was still the Pope. I love Pope Francis, but Benedict XVI is quickly becoming one of my favourite Catholics even if he is often misunderstood, but, most good Catholics are.

So, here they are: my 5 favourite Benedict quotes

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The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in work, in action and in law.

I love this quote. It comes from “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,”. I feel like it’s beautiful and succinct in describing the Catholic position on people with same-sex attraction. First and foremost, we must always remember that people are not their sexual preferences. All people deserve equality, all people are invaluable, and all people deserver our respect. One facet of someone’s entire person does not negate any of this.

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Unlimited trust should only be placed in the real Word of the Revelation that we encounter in the faith transmitted by the Church.

Followed quickly by this one:

“I think we must reflect more on what democracy in the exercise of authority would mean. Is truth determined by a majority vote, only for a new ‘truth’ to be ‘discovered’ by a new majority tomorrow?”

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We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as definitive and has as its highest value one’s own ego and one’s own desires… The church needs to withstand the tides of trends and the latest novelties…. We must become mature in this adult faith, we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith.

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The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.

This quote is often shortened into the oft quoted “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!”

Either way, I love this quote. So much. It’s one of those quotes you can fall back on when things get hard and life feels difficult and demanding.

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Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

The infamous Regensburg lecture. He was wise, he saw what people often missed. The legacy of fundamentalist Islam, back to the source, is a legacy of the sword.

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Five Favourites Vol. 1

Wow, my blog has been neglected. I’m looking at my last post from September. Almost 2 full months ago. Nonsense.

Getting back into the swing of things nice and slow with Five Favourites hosted over at Call Her Happy. I’m actually blogging at work which is an absolute first for me but I’ve been wondering how to spend my long lunch breaks at my new job and then I read Melody‘s 5 Favourites and she mentioned how she blogs at work and it was a total “why didn’t I think of that” moment!

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#1

 I am not a winter person. At all. And I hate shoe shopping even more. I needed winter boots and I always swore I would never, ever, ever, get UGG style boots because….ugly. But! Then I was in great need of boot and there was an impending snow storm on November the 2nd so on the 1st I dragged my butt to the mall to find a pair of boots that I could afford (total budget crunch right now with switching jobs and all that jazz) and I found these guys. And they were warm. And on sale. And annoyingly comfortable. They aren’t UGG brand, but Airwalk and I was sold. I literally tried on all the boots in my price range hoping to avoid getting these boots but alas, it was not to be. I’m converted. I’m that girl now, with the red cup and the wannabe Uggs.

#2

My new job! It’s an executive administrator job at the local Right to Life office and I couldn’t be happier. I’m only about 2 weeks in and there is so much to learn but I’m so excited to be working at a job that makes a difference and is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable among us. I’ve not always been completely pro-life (and, while I was in university I was pretty prochoice) but I’m so happy that God has called me to this mission and I am just so excited. (Also, shout out to St. Jude, I was finishing up his novena when I got the call that I got the job)

#3

Candy Cane hot chocolate. I’m a Canadian girl, and Tim Horton’s candy cane dark hot chocolate is killing it for me right now. I’m glad it is back and that we’ve hit the sweet spot in the year where I can enjoy candy cane hot chocolate and the beginnings of winter before I hope into Advent mode.

#4

Do I have a fourth think I’m favouriting right now? No, not actually, but I’m happy as a clam that I have a Kitchen Aid mixer (a gift from my ever wonderful parents last year at Christmas) and I can’t wait to get into some Christmas baking with it this year!

#5

I’m part of a Facebook community that is associated with the Not Alone Series blog link ups hosted by Jen and Morgan and an offshoot group has since been created by those of use who are part of that community and also work for prolife causes. It’s so nice to have the support of the NAS women and then women in the St. GianNAS group as well. I’ve yet to actually contribute to any of their blog link ups, but, baby steps. I’ll get to it.