Monday, May 2, 2011

The keys to the theologian pope's homily

Short, emotional and deep, the homily of Benedict XVI on the feast of the faith of the beatification of his predecessor and "friend" John Paul II. A homily that perfectly combines the theological key event with a good dose of personal closeness and affection for the Pope to the then Cardinal Ratzinger served with dedication for 23 years.

The pope's homily to his friend, the wise pilgrim Pope and the Great. Benedict began his address around grouped in the Beatitudes, which are like the Constitution of the Kingdom of God, glossing some of them. For example, says: "Blessed are those who believe without seeing" (Jn 20, 29).

Because the pope Ratzinger wants to make clear that access to the altars Wojtyla not be in favor or privilege. John Paul II is blessed by their faith, "strong and generous, apostolic, not their charisma or their travel or their many human virtues. For his faith and his love for Mary, expressed in its motto: "Totus tuus." A saint by the merits of their faith and a pope connected, by life experience and ecclesiology, the Second Vatican Council.

Benedict XVI wanted to overturn, in his homily in honor of his predecessor, the spread on the devolution cliché preconciliar to which the Pope Wojtyla would have led the Catholic Church. Not only did not oppose it or disable it, but that led to its completion and until he remembered and gave thanks for it in his will.

With the experience of the Council, Wojtyla became, according to Benedict XVI, in a 'Rock' for the Church, which was launched towards the future with his famous cry: "Open the doors to Christ." Which, according to Ratzinger, not only asked the other, but he turned it, opening to Christ "society, culture, political and economic systems." With that attitude regained pride in being Catholic today.

"It helped Christians around the world to not be afraid to be called Christians." For Pope Ratzinger, Wojtyla got perhaps even more difficult to extract from Marxism, which he knew so well, its "burden of hope", to inject the Church and catapult, and with the strength of that virtue energy into the future.

Finally, the Pope would not dodge the most personal and intimate aspects of his relationship with his predecessor. In a rare gesture by Pope Benedict publicly confessed his best friend. "For 23 years I could be near him and worship him ever more." From this knowledge, Pope Ratzinger concluded by the portrait, shallow but deep, of the virtues of its predecessor, spiritual depth, the ability of prayer, witness the suffering and humility.

Therefore, he concluded: "Blessed are you, our beloved Pope John Paul, because you have believed! We pray that you continue holding from Heaven, the faith of the People of God. Amen."

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