Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Thoughts on Paul: V

[Continuing selections from Pensieri su Paolo by Pope Benedict XVI]

"This life which I live in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who has loved me and has given himself for me." (Gal. 2:20). Paul doesn't live any more for himself, by his own justification. He lives of and with Christ, giving himself, not any more looking for, or building up, himself. This is the new justification, the new orientation given to us by the Lord, given to us by faith. In front of the cross of Christ, the most extreme expression of self-donation, there is no one who could advance himself, his own justification, made by himself, for himself!(Catechesis, November 8, 2006).

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