Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, writes eloquently and persuasively
about how one can live as a serious Christian in today's secular
world. He talks in depth about the true meaning of faith, hope, and
love--the love of God and the love of neighbor.He also discusses at
length the crucial importance of a lived faith, for the believer
himself as well as being a witness for our age, and striving to bring
faith in line with the present age that has veered off into rampant
secularism and materialism. He passionately encourages the reader to
practice a deep, abiding Christian faith that seeks to be at the
service of humanity.
Joseph Ratzinger mentions in the preface, "the book presents in
written form three sermons that the author preached in the Cathedral
at Muenster to a congregation from the Catholic Student Chaplaincy,
December 13-15, 1964."
other words, these are essays derived from sermons preached to
college students toward the end of Vatican II. They are remarkable,
among other reasons, for their insights into the ongoing Christian
struggle to understand and realize in action "what it means to
be a Christian".
our generation the Christian Faith finds itself in a much deeper
crisis than at any other time in the past. In this situation it is no
solution to shut our eyes in fear in the face of pressing problems,
or to simply pass over them. If faith is to survive this age, then it
must be lived, and above all, lived in this age. And this is possible
only if a manifestation of faith is shown to have value for our
present day, by growing to knowledge and fulfillment."
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