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Sunday Pope Quote: Benedict XVI on the family and the meaning of life

Today’s Sunday Pope Quote : Beautiful words about the family from Pope Benedict, given during a pastoral visit to Palermo in Italy in October 2010. Some highlights from his address follow.

Pope Benedict XVI: “The family is fundamental because that is where the first awareness of the meaning of life germinates in the human soul. It germinates in the relationship with the mother and the father, who are not masters of their children’s lives but are God’s primary collaborators in the transmission of life and faith.”

“Each one of us needs fertile ground in which to sink our own roots, a ground rich with nutritious substances that make a person grow: these are values, but above all they are love and faith, the knowledge of God’s true face, the awareness that he loves us infinitely, faithfully, patiently, to the point of giving his life for us.”

“Divine love, which unites a man and a woman and makes them become parents, is capable of generating in the hearts of their children the seed of faith, that is, the light of the deep meaning of life.”

Address during a Meeting with Young People and Families of Sicily in Palermo, Italy (Oct. 3, 2010)

About this series:

Every Sunday, the Marriage: Unique for a Reason blog will feature a short quote from either our current Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, or our late Holy Father, Bl. John Paul II (or occasionally another pope). These two men have given the world an immense treasury of wisdom about marriage, love, and the meaning of the human person, all of which are topics integral to the Church’s witness today. Their words are well worth reflecting on, as we have much to learn from these wise successors of St. Peter.

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One Response to “Sunday Pope Quote: Benedict XVI on the family and the meaning of life”

  1. Suresh Bhaskaran says:

    “Each one of us needs fertile ground in which to sink our own roots, a ground rich with nutritious substances that make a person grow: these are values …”

    What an eloquent way the Pope has of speaking of the Church to the Modern world, a la Gaudium et Spes. A marvelous “Vatican II” Pope!

    Thank you for the quote.
    Suresh

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