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Pope's Homily at Christmas Midnight Mass
Fox News ^ | December 24, 2012

Posted on 12/24/2012 4:33:59 PM PST by Steelfish

Edited on 12/24/2012 8:32:41 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

VATICAN CITY Here is the English text of Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Eve homily, delivered in Italian. Spelling and style are the Vatican's. ___ Dear Brothers and Sisters! Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendour of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love him, so that we may dare to love him, and as a child trustingly lets himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me.


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1 posted on 12/24/2012 4:34:02 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

bump for later re-read.


2 posted on 12/24/2012 5:13:29 PM PST by WilliamWallace1999
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To: Steelfish

So well put:

We are so “full” of ourselves that there is no room left for God. And that means there is no room for others either, for children, for the poor, for the stranger.

By reflecting on that one simple saying about the lack of room at the inn, we have come to see how much we need to listen to Saint Paul’s exhortation: “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2). Paul speaks of renewal, the opening up of our intellect (nous), of the whole way we view the world and ourselves.


3 posted on 12/24/2012 5:25:12 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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The last few paragraphs are confounding. Does the Pope truly believe that the muslims and the Christians share the same God? If he does, then he is sadly wrong. Until the truth is told about that, then the quest for peace will go unanswered.


4 posted on 12/24/2012 9:56:34 PM PST by Sioux-san
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The mentions of monotheism apparently sailed over your head.


5 posted on 12/25/2012 4:14:35 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

No, that word did not sail over my head. I am pretty sure that the Pope was talking about some sort of moral equivalency where none exists. PC politics mixed with the spirital reality never works.


6 posted on 12/25/2012 9:19:36 AM PST by Sioux-san (c)
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To: Sioux-san

I think he is referring to monotheism in the sense of the God of Abraham. In a sense, neither Muslims nor Jews believe in the Trinitarian God.


7 posted on 12/25/2012 5:25:50 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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The muslims do not believe in the God of Abraham. Allah is something totally different. We ignore that at our own peril.


8 posted on 12/25/2012 6:49:02 PM PST by Sioux-san (c)
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11 posted on 12/25/2012 6:53:03 PM PST by narses
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To: Sioux-san

I’m not sure about that. The Koran speaks to the God of Abraham and Ishmael


12 posted on 12/25/2012 7:03:30 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Sioux-san

What the Pope means by Monotheism is, basically, what Christians mean by it—one God, three Persons, the Trinity.

He mentions Islam at the end, but does not address the issue of whether Allah is the one God of the Bible. He only prays that Christians and Muslims may live together in peace. That’s not likely, given what Muslims are, but there’s nothing wrong in hoping for a miraculous solution to the problems of the Middle East.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 7:12:25 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sioux-san

The muslims very much believe in the God of Abraham. They believe, however, that the true line came down the line of Ishmael rather than Isaac. Everything falls apart for them after that.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 7:22:32 PM PST by AbnSarge
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They may talk about the God of Abraham & Ishmael - but the God of Abraham, my God, is NOT Allah. Allah gives the muslmis their marching orders, and that’s not the same god at all.


15 posted on 12/26/2012 1:23:29 PM PST by Sioux-san (c)
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To: Sioux-san

The pope is perfectly aware of that, but this isn’t the moment to get into it. The Muslims insist that they are monotheists and believe in the same God that Jews and Christians do. Obviously, this is nonsense; they might believe in a little trace of the religion, but simply because Islam is a syncretist religion made up of bits of Judaism, bits of Christianity, bits of old fashioned ME paganism, and bits of the esoteric arcana circulating in the ME at that time. It’s very similar to Mormonism (or Mormonism is similar to it), and this is the way it can be understood.

Of course, it is also so far from the truth by now that it has been wholly taken over by Satan, and the Pope knows that, too. But for the innocents among them, one should hold out an olive branch, especially at Christmas. It’s a Christian thing to do.


16 posted on 12/26/2012 2:37:34 PM PST by livius
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