Saturday, December 01, 2007


The new encyclical from Benedict XVI SPE SALVI contains something fascinating I've not seen before; he speaks of the official German Bishop's translation of Hebrews 11:1 (Now, faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not.) as being in error. I find this bluntness fascinating and refreshing. But when I read the paragraph where he quotes St. Augustine's Letter to Proba where Paul is quoted "We do not know what is right to pray for," I'll admit I got goose-bumpy; for this was the very reading which sent me to the Catholic Church for the first time. This is a wonderful encyclical, he is bringing together and tying up many threads here.

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