Benedict XVI Catecheses on Prayer

May 12, 2011

I will try to put links of Benedict XVI new catecheses on prayer:

  1. Virtually Always and Everywhere, People Have Turned to God (4th May 2011)
  2. Man Bears Within Himself the Desire for God (11th May 2011)
  3. On Abraham’s Prayer (18th May 2011)
  4. On Jacob’s Wrestling with God (25th May 2011)
  5. On Moses’ Intercessory Prayer (1st June 2011)
  6. On Elijah’s Lessons in Prayer (15th June 2011)
  7. On Learning to Pray With the Psalms (22nd June 2011)
  8. Keep the bible near in times of vacation (3rd August 2011)
  9. Oasis of the spirit (10th August 2011)
  10. Meditation (17th August 2011)
  11. Art and Prayer (31st August 2011)
  12. He Listens, He Responds and He Saves According to His Ways (7th Sept 2011)
  13. On the prayer of Psalm 22 (14th Sept 2011)
  14. On the prayer of Psalm 23 (5th Oct 2011)
  15. On the prayer of Psalm 126 (12th Oct 2011)
  16. On the prayer of Psalm 136 (19th October 2011)
  17. On the prayer of Psalm 119 (10th November 2011)
  18. On the prayer of Psalm 110 (16th November 2011)
  19. On the prayer of Jesus (30th November 2011)
  20. On Jesus Cry of Exultation (7th December 2011)
  21. On Jesus’ Prayer as Love for God and Neighbor (14th December 2011)
  22. On the Holy Family’s Prayer (28th December 2011)
  23. On Our Lord Prayer at the Last Supper (11th January 2012)
  24. On the Priestly Prayer of Jesus (25th January 2012)
  25. On the Prayer of Jesus in Gathsemane (1st February 2012)
  26. On the Prayer of Jesus on the Cross (8th February 2012)
  27. On the last 3 words of Jesus Dying on the Cross (15th February 2012)
  28. On the silence of Jesus (7th March 2012)
  29. On the praying presence of Mary (14th march 2012)
  30. On the Apostles’ Response to Persecution (19th April 2012)
  31. On Prayer and Ministry (25th April 2012)
  32. On the Prayer of the first Christian Martyr (2nd May 2012)
  33. On St. Peter Imprisonment and Miraculous Release (9th May 2012)
  34. On Prayer in the Spirit (16th May 2012)
  35. On the Holy Spirit Prayer in us: Abba! Father! (23rd May 2012)
  36. On Prayer in St. Paul’s Letter (30th May 2012)
  37. On St. Paul experience of contemplative prayer (13th June 2012)
  38. On Prayer of Praise and Thanks (20th June 2012)
  39. On Prayer of St. Paul in the Letter to the Phillipians (27 th June 2012)
  40. On Prayer according to St. Alphonsus Liguori (1st Aug 2012)
  41. On the Prayer of St. Dominic (8th Aug 2012)
  42. On the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (29th Aug 2012)
  43. On Prayer in Part 1 Revelation (5th Sept 2012)
  44. On Prayer in Part 2 Revelation (12th Sept 2012)
  45. On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer (26th Sept 2012)
  46. On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer (3rd Oct 2012)

Pope Benedict XVI Homily on Feast of Holy Family 2010

January 10, 2011

´╗┐Dear Brothers and Sisters!

The Gospel according to Luke recounts that when the shepherds of Bethlehem had received the Angel’s announcement of the Messiah’s birth “they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger” (2:16). The first eyewitnesses of Jesus’ birth therefore beheld a family scene: a mother, a father and a newborn son. For this reason the Liturgy has us celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on the First Sunday after Christmas. This year it occurred the very day after Christmas, and, taking precedence over the Feast of St Stephen, invites us to contemplate this “icon” in which the little Jesus appears at the centre of his parents’ affection and care.

In the poor grotto of Bethlehem — the Fathers of the Church wrote — shines a very bright light, a reflection of the profound mystery which envelopes that Child, which Mary and Joseph cherish in their hearts and which can be seen in their expression, in their actions, and especially in their silence. Indeed, they preserve in their inmost depths the words of the Angel’s Annunciation to Mary: “the Child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Lk 1:35).

Yet every child’s birth brings something of this mystery with it! Parents who receive a child as a gift know this well and often speak of it in this way. We have all heard people say to a father and a mother: “this child is a gift, a miracle!”. Indeed, human beings do not experience procreation merely as a reproductive act but perceive its richness and intuit that every human creature who is born on earth is the “sign” par excellence of the Creator and Father who is in Heaven.

How important it is, therefore, that every child coming into the world be welcomed by the warmth of a family! External comforts do not matter: Jesus was born in a stable and had a manger as his first cradle, but the love of Mary and of Joseph made him feel the tenderness and beauty of being loved. Children need this: the love of their father and mother. It is this that gives them security and, as they grow, enables them to discover the meaning of life. The Holy Family of Nazareth went through many trials, such as the “massacre of the innocents” — as recounted in the Gospel according to Matthew — which obliged Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt (cf. 2:13-23). Yet, trusting in divine Providence, they found their stability and guaranteed Jesus a serene childhood and a sound upbringing.

Dear friends, the Holy Family is of course unique and unrepeatable, but at the same time it is a “model of life” for every family because Jesus, true man, chose to be born into a human family and thereby blessed and consecrated it. Let us therefore entrust all families to Our Lady and to St Joseph, so that they do not lose heart in the face of trials and difficulties but always cultivate conjugal love and devote themselves with trust to the service of life and education.

Summary for Pope Benedict’s third Encyclical: Charity in Truth

July 19, 2009

You can find the summary written by Jeff Mirus at this page:
Benedict’s Third Encyclical: A Summary

Christmas and On the meaning of our existence

December 19, 2008

Pope Benedict’s homily on Christmas

Pope’s Homily for 1st Advent

December 1, 2008

You can read it here:

How to be Realistic

October 15, 2008

just want to share a reflection by Pope on the Word of God, wonderful. Since my background is engineering/science, there is always a tendency to see reality as what I can see and touch, something visible and tangible. Is this not we all experience? the Pope has something to say for our world today ­čÖé He invited us to build our lives not on sand (you will be surprised with what he says when he refer to building on sand), but build our lives on solid ROCK, which is the Word of God. This is what he said to be “realist”ic. Enjoy


Dear Brothers in the Episcopacy,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the beginning of our Synod the Liturgy of the Hours proposes a passage from Psalm 18 on the Word of God: praise for His Word, expression of the joy of Israel in learning it and, in it, to learn about His will and His face. I would like to meditate on a few verses of this Psalm with you.

It begins like this: “In aeternum, Domine, verbum tuum constitutum est in caelo… firmasti terram, et permanet”. This refers to the solidity of the Word. It is solid, it is the true reality on which we must base our life. Let us remember the words of Jesus who continues the words of this Psalm: “Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away”. Humanly speaking, the word, my human word, is almost nothing in reality, but a breath. As soon as it is pronounced, it disappears. It seems like nothing. But already the human word has incredible force. It is words that create history, it is words that form thoughts, the thoughts that create the word. It is the word that forms history, reality.

Even more, the Word of God is the foundation of everything, it is the true reality. And to be realistic, we must rely upon this reality. We must change our notion that matter, solid things, things we can touch, is the most solid, the most certain reality. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord speaks to us about the two possible foundations for building the house of one’s life: sand and rock. He who builds on sand only builds on visible and tangible things, on success, on career, on money. Apparently these are the true realities. But all this one day will vanish. We can see this now with the fall of two large banks: this money disappears, it is nothing. And thus all things, which seem to be the true realities we can count on, are only realities of a secondary order. Who builds his life on these realities, on matter, on success, on appearances, builds upon sand. Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, it is as stable as the heavens and more than the heavens, it is reality. Therefore, we must change our concept of realism. The realist is he who recognizes the Word of God, in this apparently weak reality, as the foundation of all things. Realist is he who builds his life on this foundation, which is permanent. Thus the first verses of the Psalm invite us to discover what reality is and how to find the foundation of our life, how to build life.

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ps. the whole reflection is beautiful, don’t missed it.

When God speaks, he always seeks a response

October 7, 2008

I have been waiting for this synod since its announcement last year. You can read the wonderful homily by Pope on the Word of God.