Item description for Coming Together in Joy: 99 Sayings by Benedict XVI (99 Words to Live By) by Pope Benedict XVI & Stephen Liesenfeld...
Overview Coming Together in Joy distills Pope Benedict's counsel from his many years of Truth-searching and study, prayer and reflection, priestly ministry and service to the Church. These 99 short reflections guide us on a journey along various aspects of the Christian faith, such as the bond between reason and belief, Mary, the Eucharist, social justice and evangelization. Ever alert to the real issues of families and young people, priests and teachers, the learned and the simple, the Pope also points us to the way faith makes a real difference in our lives. Taken together, these sayings comprise a concise summary of the main elements of Pope Benedict's teachings. They are a joy to read, satisfying the soul's hunger and quenching the mind's thirst.
Publishers Description Coming Together in Joy distills Pope Benedict's counsel from his many years of Truth-searching and study, prayer and reflection, priestly ministry and service to the Church. These 99 short reflections guide us on a journey along various aspects of the Christian faith, such as the bond between reason and belief, Mary, the Eucharist, social justice and evangelization. Ever alert to the real issues of families and young people, priests and teachers, the learned and the simple, the Pope also points us to the way faith makes a real difference in our lives. Taken together, these sayings comprise a concise summary of the main elements of Pope Benedict's teachings. They are a joy to read, satisfying the souls hunger and quenching the mind's thirst.
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Studio: New City Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.72" Width: 4.76" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2007
Publisher NEW CITY PRESS
Series 99 Words to Live By
ISBN 1565482735 ISBN13 9781565482739
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More About Pope Benedict XVI & Stephen Liesenfeld
Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.
Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.
He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.
On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.
Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927.
Pope Benedict XVI has published or released items in the following series...
Bioethics & Culture
Fathers (Our Sunday Visitor)
John Ratzinger in Communio
Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought
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Quenching the Mind's Thirst Oct 5, 2007
The books in the 99 Sayings series, of which this is the latest, are designed to enlighten and inspire. Aside from a brief introduction, all text consists of direct quotations. In some cases the focus is a concept, as peace or friendship, with reflections from a variety of sources. In others, as Coming Together in Joy, quotations from a single individual highlight his or her spirituality. Editor Liesenfeld uses the following phrases to introduce Benedict XVI: personal serenity, joyful conviction of the truth of faith, and tremendous sense of realism. Benedict's comments are simple but penetrating, his words, eloquent, Liesenfeld writes, and his teachings "nourish our spiritual hunger and quench our mind's thirst."
From the pope's writings and talks, we learn of his devotion to the Eucharist; his care and concern for priests, parish ministers, and families; and his commitment to justice and dialogue with those of other faiths. He also addresses the need for Catholics to adhere to the teachings of the Church in a culture experiencing "a strange forgetfulness of God" marked by religion as a consumer product. "People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it," Benedict writes. "But religion sought on a `do-it-yourself' basis cannot ultimately help us. It may be comfortable, but at times of crisis we are left to ourselves."