Monday, 26 April 2010

The Genius of Joseph Ratzinger

'Only Christ gives meaning to the whole of our life...Christianity is not an intellectual system, a packet of dogmas, a moralism. Christianity is rather an encounter, a love story; it is an event. This love affair with Christ, this love story which is the whole of his life was however far from every superficial enthusiasm, from every vague romanticism. Really seeing Christ, he (Don Luigi Giusanni) knew that to encounter Christ means to follow Christ. This encounter is a road, a journey, a journey that passes also - as we heard in the psalm - through the 'valley of darkness'. In the Gospel, we heard of the last darkness of Christ's suffering, of the apparent absence of God, when the world's Sun was eclipsed. He knew that to follow is to pass through a 'valley of darkness' to take the way of the Cross, and to live all the same in true joy'.

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