Friday, 22 February 2013

The Chair of St Peter

“The turbulent have to be corrected,
the faint-hearted cheered up, 
the weak supported; 
the Gospel's opponents need to be refuted, 
its insidious enemies guarded against; 
the unlearned need to be taught, 
the indolent stirred up, 
the argumentative checked; 
the proud must be put in their place, 
the desperate set on their feet, 
those engaged in quarrels reconciled; 
the needy have to be helped, 
the oppressed to be liberated, 
the good to be encouraged, 
the bad to be tolerated; 
all must be loved. 
The Gospel terrifies me!”
{Benedict XVI quoting St Augustine of Hippo in Spe Salvi}


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