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The Joy of Knowing Christ: Meditations on the Gospels [Paperback]

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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 6, 2009
Publisher   WORD AMONG US PRESS #1425
ISBN  1593251513  
EAN  9781593251512  


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As Pope Benedict XVI notes in the first meditation in this collection, knowing that there is a God who is good, who knows us, who is so near to us, is truly the gospel-the good news that brings us joy. These fifty-five reflections on passages from the gospels, taken from the pope's homilies and Angelus messages over the first three years of his papacy, reveal Benedict's passionate love for Christ, his depth of faith, his grasp of Scripture, and his perspective on the challanges facing us as Christians in the world today.

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As Pope Benedict XVI notes in the first meditation in this collection, knowing that there is a God who is good, who knows us, who is so near to us, is truly the gospel - the good news that brings us joy. These fifty-five reflections on passages from the gospels, taken from the popes homilies and Angelus messages over the first three years of his papacy, reveal Benedicts passionate love for Christ, his depth of faith, his grasp of Scripture, and his perspective on the challenges facing us as Christians in the world today. Pope Benedict is a brilliant theologian and scholar, but first and foremost he is a pastor, and this is evident in every meditation in this collection. A strong advocate of lectio divina, the prayerful reading of the Scriptures, Pope Benedict shows us how much nourishment and inspiration we can derive from meditating on the word of God.

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More About Pope Bnedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.

Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.

He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.

On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927.

Pope Benedict XVI has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Benedict XVI
  2. Bioethics & Culture
  3. Communio Books
  4. Fathers (Our Sunday Visitor)
  5. Giniger Books
  6. John Ratzinger in Communio
  7. Publication
  8. Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought
  9. Spiritual Thoughts


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ON THE WAY TO THE CROSS  Apr 28, 2010
Our Pope is on the way to bear a heavy cross nowadays. When we read his teachings and writings, it sparks a light that only could come from God. His not alone. He has God with him all the way along.Let's pray for him .
 
GREAT GOSPEL DEVOTIONAL  Feb 3, 2010
When Pope John Paul 2 passed on to Heaven, I grieved his loss for weeks. My heart rejoiced that he was with God but he was my only Holy Father, as I had converted in my 20's after seeing him in Boston. I could not imagine at the time that I could ever love another Holy Father as much....a holy religious Sister promised me I would. AND I DO! What a thrill elevated my soul when he was elected, but over the years, Pope Benedict 16th has earned his place as "my Papa" in his own right. He is a wonderful teaching Father, a guide for my growth toward union with Christ. This is only one of his many books which has enriched my prayer life and my understanding of the gift our Father has bestowed on us in His Son truly, present to us in the Holy Eucharist, as well as the Holy Spirit truly present to us in the Word. Pope Benedict is so easy to understand; he has such a gift of making the elusive known. Even my teenaged daughter and my 11 year old son understand what he is saying. We have read some of these passages at evening prayer as a family and the time spent was made richer, no, sealed in eternity for inviting the Holy Father into our home. I cannot recommend this and all of his works enough. He is never a waste of time to read and ponder and re-read!
I cannot wait to read his upcoming COME MEET JESUS. The Joy of Knowing Christ will never collect dust on a bookshelf in our home. We will be re-PRAYING it over and over.
Thank you this site for making these works availble at such a reasonalbe price.
 

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