"The key to the person and the ministry of Benedict XVI is the love of God," the cardinal [Jose Saraiva Martins] said, affirming that the Pontiff's first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, "represents the particularity of this Pontiff."
But the cardinal clarified what that love of God means: "Love is not a static attitude," but "a dynamism that, by definition, is something that spreads.
"It tends to continuously bring into play new energies," he affirmed. "Thus, love provokes the great questions, and therefore engenders philosophy and theology."
According to Cardinal Saraiva Martins, Benedictus documents "the development of the presence of Benedict XVI on the international scene of the third millennium, and shows how, step by step, the Pope is entering, with his reserved, stately style, into the hearts of the people."
The cardinal added that without leaving aside his intellectual depth, the Holy Father is "becoming the Pope of the people, because the people clearly perceive his message, even when it is full of uncomfortable truths, that is, demanding [truths] that call for a commitment."
The prelate continued: "He is always guided by a fatherly love that does not resign itself to seeing his children drown in mediocrity.
"And what, if not love, is his constant urging to combat the dictatorship of relativism, so thoroughly saturating our society?"
Regarding his presence on the international scene, the Holy Father's "role is not along the lines of appearing, but of being," Cardinal Saraiva Martins contended. "His very presence, even before his teaching, is for everyone a constant calling to live in love and in the search for truth."
His way of presenting himself "to the Church and the world is never invasive: his tone of voice lacks the slightest element of arrogance, his discreet, humble, cordial approach manages to open the hearts of many to his proposals."
Saturday, May 24, 2008
~an excerpt from Zenit on Pope Benedict at the occasion of the book launch of Benedictus. Via Papa Ratzinger Forum