Friday, November 30, 2007

I can't wait to read Pope Benedict's new encyclical!

HERE IT IS!

Spe Salvi

November 30, 2007 - By Pope Benedict XVI

ENCYCLICAL LETTER SPE SALVI OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS PRIESTS AND DEACONS MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS AND ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL ON CHRISTIAN HOPE

Introduction

1. “SPE SALVI facti sumus”—in hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us (Rom 8:24). According to the Christian faith, “redemption”—salvation—is not simply a given. Redemption is offered to us in the sense that we have been given hope, trustworthy hope, by virtue of which we can face our present: the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey.

Now the question immediately arises: what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed? And what sort of certainty is involved here?

Faith is Hope

2. Before turning our attention to these timely questions, we must listen a little more closely to the Bible's testimony on hope. “Hope”, in fact, is a key word in Biblical faith—so much so that in several passages... (Continued here).

2 comments:

Karen E. said...

I'm looking forward to this, too! First came love, now hope ... will faith be next? :-)

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Hi Karen!

Who knows? That's what people seem to think - that faith will be next. I'm happy with HOPE for now to reflect on for Advent.

God bless,
Donna