XVI's Homily at Mass for John Paul II--April 2, 2008
... With Him
[Jesus Christ], he lived, and with Him, he wanted to die.
And all of this by way of the unique mediation of most holy
Mary, mother of the Church, mother of the Redeemer,
intimately and truly associated with the salvific mystery of
his death and resurrection. … Let us praise and bless the
Virgin Mary for having ceaselessly watched over his person
and his ministry for the benefit of the Christian people and
all of humanity. And while we are offering for his chosen
soul the redeeming Sacrifice, we ask him to continue
interceding from heaven for each one of us, for me in a
special way, who Providence has called to take up his
inestimable spiritual heritage. May the Church, following
his teaching and example, faithfully continue its
evangelizing mission without compromises, spreading
tirelessly the merciful love of Christ, fount of true peace
for the entire world.
XVI's Address to Papal Foundation--April 4, 2008
you and your loved ones to the protection of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a
pledge of joy and peace in the Risen Savior.
Out for Emmaus--Regina Caeli Address--April 6, 2008
the intercession of Mary Most Holy, let us pray that every
Christian and every community, reliving the experience of
the disciples of Emmaus, rediscover the grace of the
transforming encounter with the risen Lord.
Conclusion of Benedict XVI’s April 8, 2008 video-message to
the people of the United States on the occasion of his April
15-20 visit to Washington, DC., and New York.
brothers and sisters, dear friends in the United States, I
am very much looking forward to being with you. I want you
to know that, even if my itinerary is short, with just a few
engagements, my heart is close to all of you, especially to
the sick, the weak, and the lonely. I thank you once again
for your prayerful support of my mission. I reach out to
every one of you with affection, and I invoke upon you the
maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Que la Virgen María les acompañe y proteja.
les bendiga. [May the Virgin Mary accompany and protect you.
May God bless you.] God bless you all.
Call to Evangelize--Regina Caeli address--April 13, 2008
brothers and sisters: Let us invoke the maternal protection
of Mary for the many vocations that exist in the Church so
that they are developed with an intense missionary
character. To her, Mother of the Church and Queen of Peace,
I also commend the special missionary experience that I will
live in the next few days with the apostolic trip to the
United States and the visit to the United Nations, as I ask
all of you to accompany me with your prayers.
XVI's Address to US Bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception--April 16, 2008
pastoral visit here is an opportunity to strengthen further
the bonds of communion that unite us. We began by
celebrating Evening Prayer in this Basilica dedicated to the
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a shrine
of special significance to American Catholics, right in the
heart of your capital city. Gathered in prayer with Mary,
Mother of Jesus, we lovingly commend to our heavenly Father
the people of God in every part of the United States. ...
in prayer is never wasted, however urgent the duties that
press upon us from every side. Adoration of Christ our Lord
in the Blessed Sacrament prolongs and intensifies the union
with him that is established through the Eucharistic
celebration (cf. Sacramentum Caritatis, 66). Contemplation
of the mysteries of the Rosary releases all their saving
power and it conforms, unites and consecrates us to Jesus
Christ (cf. Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 11, 15). ...
conclude my words to you this evening, I commend the Church
in your country most particularly to the maternal care and
intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United
States. May she who carried within her womb the hope of all
the nations intercede for the people of this country, so
that all may be made new in Jesus Christ her Son. My dear
Brother Bishops, I assure each of you here present of my
deep friendship and my participation in your pastoral
concerns. To all of you, and to your clergy, religious and
lay faithful, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a
pledge of joy and peace in the Risen Lord.
Benedict XVI’s telegram of condolence for the death of
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical
Council for the Family--April 21, 2008
... I feel close to all of you at
this painful time, and I ask God, by the intercession of Our
Lady of Chiquinquira, to grant eternal repose to this
tireless pastor, so generously committed to the service of
the Church and of the Gospel of life.
Backs initiative from the Congregation for Clergy that
called for spiritual mothers for priests and Eucharistic
adoration for their sanctity--April 22, 2008
... I am
grateful for the thoughtful action and the sentiments that
the congregation has suggested, and hopeful that the love
and devotion to the Eucharistic Lord and devotion to Mary,
Mother of Christ the High Priest, might give new fervor to
the life and the apostolate of priests.
for Day of Prayer for Priests celebrated May 30, the feast
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus--April 22, 2008
cannot live, we cannot look at the truth about ourselves
without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by
Christ in daily Eucharistic Adoration, and the Stabat of
Mary, "Woman of the Eucharist," beneath her Son's Cross, is
the most significant example of contemplation and adoration
of the divine Sacrifice that has been given to us. ... Lastly,
the Holy Mother of God remains an indispensable foundation
of the whole of priestly life. The relationship with her
cannot be resolved in pious devotional practice but is
nourished by ceaseless entrustment to the arms of the ever
Virgin of the whole of our life, of our ministry in its
entirety. Mary Most Holy also leads us, like John, to
beneath the Cross of her Son and Our Lord in order to
contemplate, with her, God's infinite Love: "He who for us
is Life itself descended here and endured our death and slew
it by the abundance of his Life" (St. Augustine, Confessiones, IV, 12).
... As a
condition for our redemption, for the fulfillment of our
humanity, for the Advent of the Incarnation of the Son, God
the Father chose to await a Virgin's Fiat to an angel's
announcement. Christ decided to entrust, so to speak, his
own Life to the loving freedom of the Mother: "She
conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ, she
presented him to the Father in the temple, shared her Son's
sufferings as he died on the Cross. Thus, in a wholly
singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope
and burning charity in the work of the Savior in restoring
supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother
to us in the order of grace" (Lumen Gentium, No. 61).
... Pope St
Pius X said: "Every priestly vocation comes from the heart
of God but passes through the heart of a mother." This is
true with regard to obvious biological motherhood but it is
also true of the "birth" of every form of fidelity to the
Vocation of Christ. We cannot do without a spiritual
motherhood for our priestly life: let us entrust ourselves
confidently to the prayer of the whole of Holy Mother
Church, to the motherhood of the People, whose pastors we
are but to whom are entrusted our custody and holiness; let
us ask for this fundamental support.
Mission of Priests--Regina Caeli Address--April 27, 2008
... I ask
the local political authorities, the leaders of the
international community and every person of goodwill not to
give up on efforts to bring and end to the violence and the
honor the commitments that have been made, in a way that
will provide a solid basis for peace and development. We
entrust our petitions to Mary, Queen of Africa.