Monday, August 22, 2005

Wisdom from Pope Benedict

BBC reports that in a speech to youth in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI told the crowd that

"If it is pushed too far, religion becomes almost a consumer product," he said.

"People choose what they like, and some are even able to make a profit from it."

I think this is an almost prophetic perspective he has on the state of religion in the world today. So many people are making a profit off of self-styled religion that is either organized to suit its adherents, or promulgated in a cult-like way to discourage questioning. Either way, the profits roll in.

True spirituality is based on Truth, not entertainment or mindless control of others.

Perhaps we should keep in mind Jesus' words in the Gospel of Saint Matthew:

*Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

*Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

*Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

*Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.

*Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

*Blessed are the clean of heart: they shall see God.

*Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

*Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Carmel said...

AMEN! So often people feel the need to be "entertained" by religion. I feel that people like to push religion to suit their own needs all too often.You are so right, true spirituality is based on truth and I love the Saint Matthew part you posted, a great ending to the post!
Bless you

4HisChurch said...

Thanks, Carmel. I think the Holy Father was "spot on".

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"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark

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