+JMJ+ I was hoping we had more time with him but he was looking more frail in every photo and video. Now Pope Benedict is gone but he left us so many of his words, enough to last many years of reading and studying, even a lifetime. While I think of a worthy post or posts to do in his honor, let me now just list a few of his works you might want to look into, including a new one I discovered tonight.
The new book is The Divine Project: Reflections on Creation and the Church, dated December 30, 2022 (I don’t have it yet, it’s available for pre-order, see below).
It took nearly thirty years for a forgotten box of cassette tapes, mislaid in an abbey in Austria, to be brought to light. On these tapes, recorded in 1985, the voice of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) walks his listeners, with small, careful steps, through the thick terrain of contemporary theology. Now, after decades, these lectures have been dusted off, transcribed, and published for readers across the globe.
The Divine Project is a study of God the Creator and of man as this Creator’s masterpiece. “Ratzinger,” as Professor Matthew Levering writes, “guides us through the most difficult domains of modern theology and modern life: how to read the Bible; the Reason of God and the reasonableness of the cosmos; the meaning of original sin; technology, ecology, and creatureliness; the Cross and the Eucharist; and Vatican II, pluralism, the Magisterium, and the nature of the Church.”
This once-forgotten work offers a short and accessible tour of the whole theological world of Joseph Ratzinger, one of the most important minds of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.From the description, The Divine Project: Reflections on Creation and the Church, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Ignatius Press, December 30, 2022.
Looking forward to reading (and sharing something about) this one, and I still have plenty to read on my bookshelves, in Kindle, ePub and Verbum/Logos formats.
Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. May we stay holy and virtuous during this Christmas season, and, by His grace, become the saints the Lord intends us to be. God bless you, and may His peace be with you, now and always. +JMJ+
God, Who, in Thine ineffable providence, didst will that Thy servant, Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, should be numbered among the high priests, grant, we beseech Thee, that he, who on earth held the place of Thine only-begotten Son, may be joined forevermore to the fellowship of Thy holy pontiffs. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
Pope Benedict XVI – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
16 April 1927 – 31 December 2022
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Notes and Links
Works available at Amazon (affiliate links, see Full Disclosure below)
- Pope Benedict XVI’s Author Page
- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger search page.
- New! The Divine Project: Reflections on Creation and the Church: Paper (Pre-order), Kindle (Pre-order).
- The Spirit of the Liturgy: Commemorative Edition: Kindle.(Other formats available used.)
- Jesus of Nazareth, Book One, From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration: Kindle. (Other formats available used.)
- Jesus of Nazareth, Book Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration: Kindle. (Other formats available used.)
- Jesus of Nazareth, Book Three: The Infancy Narratives: Kindle. (Other formats available used.)
- Faith and The Future: Kindle.
Works available at Verbum.com (not affiliate links)
- Pope Benedict XVI search page (many of his works are available as single titles via that search).
- Audiences of Pope Benedict XVI (English)
- The Homilies, Audiences, and Other Writings of Pope Benedict XVI in English and Latin (13 vols.)
- Encyclicals of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI (34 vols.)
- Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection (14 vols.)
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