See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI

My God, how I love the Pope, this one in particular.
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Dear brothers, in the days in which I bethought myself to write this letter, it so happened that I had to explain and comment on a section from Gal 5,13-15 in the seminary in Rome. I was surprised how directly the sections spoke of the present in that hour : “Do not take freedom as an excuse for the flesh, but serve one another in love. The whole law is summarized in the one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and rip each other apart, then take care that you do not kill each other.” I was always inclined to see this sentence as one of those rhetorical hyperbole that occasionally appear in St Paul. In some ways it may well be. But unfortunately that “biting and ripping” is also present in the Church today as an expression of a badly understood notion of freedom. - Unofficial translation of the Letter of His Holiness to Bishops Regarding the Lifting of Excommunication on the SSPX Bishops. - Source

4 comments:

  1. Terry - a bit different from the "other" unofficial translation ... however, every bit of the same impact. Beautiful!

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  2. I agree. He is amazing - his exhortation reaches the entire Church.

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  3. Thank you for linking to Fr. Z.

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  4. +JMJ+

    I've read other sections of this (I don't know whose translation) on the Catholic Cavemen 'blog. It's amazing! I love the Holy Father!

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