Benedict XVI’s First Encyclical
Interesting to read, many good things said, but at the end, the old Marian heresies come gushing forth as its conclusion. Sad to read ….
Men and women of every time and place have recourse to her motherly
kindness and her virginal purity and grace, in all their needs and aspirations,
their joys and sorrows, their moments of loneliness and their common endeavours.
They constantly experience the gift of her goodness and the unfailing love which
she pours out from the depths of her heart. The testimonials of gratitude,
offered to her from every continent and culture, are a recognition of that pure
love which is not self- seeking but simply benevolent. At the same time, the
devotion of the faithful shows an infallible intuition of how such love is
possible: it becomes so as a result of the most intimate union with God, through
which the soul is totally pervaded by him—a condition which enables those who
have drunk from the fountain of God’s love to become in their turn a fountain
from which “flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38). Mary, Virgin and
Mother, shows us what love is and whence it draws its origin and its constantly
renewed power. To her we entrust the Church and her mission in the service of
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son – the Son of God.
You abandoned yourself completely
to God’s call
and thus became a wellspring
of the goodness which flows forth from him.
Show us Jesus. Lead us to him.
Teach us to know and love him,
so that we too can become
capable of true love
and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on 25 December, the Solemnity of the Nativity
of the Lord, in the year 2005, the first of my Pontificate.