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Benedict on “the shipwrecks of life”

“Why this trip to Malta? There are many reasons. First, St. Paul. The Pauline Year for the universal church has ended, but Malta is celebrating 1,950 years since the shipwreck, and this occasion once presents us with the figure of the Apostle to the Gentiles and his message which is still authentic and important for today. I think one can synthesize the essential point in words he himself used at the end of the letter to the Galatians: ‘Faith expressed in charity.’ This is something important also today, that faith, a relationship with God, transforms itself into charity.

I also think the memory of the shipwreck says something to us. For Malta, the opportunity to have the faith was born with the shipwreck. We can also think about how the shipwrecks of life can be part of God’s project for us, and be useful for a new beginning in our life.


The second reason is that it makes me happy to be in the midst of a lively church like the one in Malta, with a deep sense of tradition still today, full of faith, in the middle of our world and responding to the challenges of our times. I know that Malta loves Christ, and loves his church which is his body, even if this body is wounded by our sins, it still loves this church and its gospel, which is the true force that purifies and heals.”

Pope Benedict in Malta, April 17, 2010.

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Andre John

posted April 18, 2010 at 2:17 am

I hope that we can overcome these trying hard times (of earthquakes all over the world, volcanic ash eruption from Iceland over Europe).
My faith in the Catholic Church was “shipwrecked” because of the sex abuse scandal and that was when I began to “DOUBT” G-d.
I pray that G-d will build up a better Catholic church once more, and help us restore our faith in Him again. SHALOM!

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posted April 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

John, I think it is natural for everyone to loose faith in the people in positions of leadership of the Catholic Church. But the basis of our faith is not in humans, but in Christ himself. The word of God is as true today as it was when Christ himself walked among us. I believe there is a cleansing going on. Every sinful deed will be exposed in the light of Christ. Keep the faith. Evil never wins. Christ defeated it when he rose from the dead. We, the faithful, are the Church, and are each called to be one of the new building blocks.

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