The Yes of Jesus Christ

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The Yes of Jesus Christ

Spiritual Exercises in Faith, Hope, and Love

Pope Benedict XVI, with the help of Jesus and the Saints, shows us how to live guided by a definitive affirmation that God exists and a conscious acknowledgment that our efforts and goals only have meaning when contextualized by divine grace.

Secular thought and optimism have failed to answer the great questions of human existence. We are not wise enough to understand all the workings of the world but Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) reminds us that we can call on the knowledge of Jesus and the saints. Ratzinger explains that although we may not know that God exists, we can rely on others' experience, and indeed that reliance is fundamental to the functioning and spiritual health of humankind.

Ratzinger helps us distinguish between an optimism that is a denial of reality and hope that rests in the faith of what God can do. He invites us to rediscover that our ability to say yes to ourselves and to one another comes from the gift of God’s yes in Christ.

Contents

1. FAITH
Faith as a Fundamental Human Attitude in Everyday Life
Is Agnosticism a Solution?
Interlude: The Foolishness of the Wise and the Conditions for True Wisdom
Natural Knowledge of God
“Supernatural” Faith and Its Foundations
Developing the First Stages

2. HOPE
The Optimism of the Modern Age and Christian Hope
Three Biblical Examples of the Nature of Christian Hope
Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas on Christian Hope

3. HOPE AND LOVE
Hope and Love in the Mirror of Their Antitheses
The Essential Nature of Love
The Nature and Way of Agape
A Saying from the Sermon on the Mount

EPILOGUE: TWO SERMONS ON FAITH AND LOVE
“What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?” A Homily on Luke 10:25–37
The Pure Vision and the Right Way: A Sermon for the Feast of St. Henry

NOTES

PREFACE TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION

9780824523749
Paperback / 144 pages
Dimensions:
CROSSROAD, 2005

Keywords:
Faith, Hope, Love, Christian Theology
Categories:
Catholic, Theology