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Sermons to the Papal Household

  • First Advent Sermon 2016 - I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

    • Friday December 2nd, 2016

    1. The Innovation after the Council With the celebration of the 50th year of the end of the Second Vatican Council, the first “post-conciliar” period comes to a close and a new one begins. If the first period was categorized by problems relating to the “reception” of the Council, this new period will be characterized,[...]

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  • “BE RECONCILED TO GOD” - Good Friday Sermon, 2016, in St. Peter’s Basilica

    • Saturday March 26th, 2016

    God . . . through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. . . . We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.[...]

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  • THE PATH TO UNITY AMONG CHRISTIANS - Reflections on Unitatis redintegratio

    • Friday March 18th, 2016

    Fifth Lenten Sermon 2016 1. The ecumenical path after Vatican II Modern hermeneutics has familiarized us with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s principle of the “history of effects” (Wirkungsgeschichte). According to this method, to understand a text we need to take into account the effects it produced in history, placing oneself within that history and dialoguing with it.[...]

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  • MARRIAGE AND FAMILY in Gaudium et spes and Today

    • Friday March 11th, 2016

    Fourth Lenten Sermon 2016 I am devoting this meditation to a spiritual reflection on Gaudium et spes, the pastoral constitution on the Church in the world. Of the various social problems treated in this document —culture, economy, social justice, peace— the most relevant and problematic one concerns marriage and family. The Church devoted the last[...]

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  • PROCLAMING THE WORD - The Holy Spirit, the Principal Agent of Evangelization

    • Friday March 4th, 2016

    Third Lenten Sermon 2016 Let us continue and conclude today our reflections on the constitution Dei verbum, that is, on the word of God. Last time, I spoke about lectio divina, the reading of Scripture for personal growth. Following the biblical plan outlined by St. James, we distinguished three successive steps: receive the word, meditate[...]

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