Pope Benedict’s Encyclical on Hope

I’ve been reading Pope Benedict’s encyclical on Hope, “Spe Salvi,” and I thought I’d share some juicy quotes with you. So here’s the official Catholic Bible Student quote list for Spe Salvi:

  • “The present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal.”
  • “The Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known–it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing.”
  • “…We possess the hope that ensues from a real encounter with God.”
  • “Christianity did not bring a message of social revolution like that of the ill-fated Spartacus, whose struggle led to so much bloodshed.”
  • “[Christ] tells us who man truly is and what a man must do in order to be truly human.”
  • “Knowing how to wait, while patiently enduring trials, is necessary for the believer to be able to “receive what is promised.'”

-Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi

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