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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Quotable Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

"The question confronting the church today is not any longer whether the person in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message."

"Freedom consists in not doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought."

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."

"Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire."

"The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish."

"The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include another vast cemetery, that of the unborn."

"I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing."

"You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems."

"Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one must not misuse it."

"I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin."

"The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency."

"Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion of humanity today in many different forms and in an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery."

"When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society."

"The future starts today, not tomorrow."

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song."


Brennan said...

Yes, Pope JPII certainly was well-known for his saying 'We are the Easter people.' Since I have yet to see what the current pope is doing/has done, I almost miss JPII. However, I am only now considering what he said after he has gone to be with God because I was unhappy with the JPII fan-cult associated with him. =/

Allan R. Bevere said...


I hear what you are saying about the "fan-cult" thing, but I also think how amazing it is that John Paul was able to draw crowds much rthan anyone from Hollywood, which is alright in my book.