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This is a rather short encyclical that outlines the features of Christian hope compared with the substitutes of it the world has tried to make and the disastrous consequences Now, as ever, it s a good time to relearn what hope should mean to us. (((Read Kindle))) ↙ Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi ↡ Pope Benedict XVI s second encyclical, Saved In Hope, Spe Salvi in Latin takes its title from St Paul, who wrote, In hope we have been saved In this special deluxe hardcover edition of the work, the Holy Father continues a line of thought he began with his first encyclical, God is LoveLove and Hope are closely related in the spiritual life Love of God involves hope or trust in God According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man Hope enables us to look to the next life, but it also inspires and purifies our actions in this life Pope Benedict considers modern philosophies and the challenges of faith today in light of the virtue of hope Confronted by today s changing and complex panorama, the virtue of hope is subject to harsh trials in the community of believers For this very reason, we must be apostles who are filled with hope and joyful trust in God s promises In contemporary society, which shows such visible signs of secularism, we must not give in to despair Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI has an amazing talent for writing and is a brilliant man I loved this book and look forward to readingof his works I find Benedict a very encouraging and challenging writer, and both of those characteristics are in the forefront of his second encyclical, Saved in Hope He begins with Romans 8 24 in hope we were saved and then asks what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed And what sort of certainty is involved here From that question, Benedict spins out a beautiful answer.In this encyclical, as in other of Benedic I find Benedict a very encouraging and challenging writer, and both of those characteristics are in the forefront of his second encyclical, Saved in Hope He begins with Romans 8 24 in hope we were saved and then asks what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed And what sort of certainty is involved here From that question, Benedict spins out a beautiful answer.In this encyclical, as in other of Benedict s writings, I especially enjoy how he continues to bring the discussion back to the idea of community We are wrong to regard faith as merely an individual choice Instead, we need to reclaim the perception of interconnectedness between all people In opening a survey of modernism and how it led us to where we are now, Benedict asks How could the idea have developed that Jesus message is narrowly individualistic and aimed only at each person singly How did we arrive at this interpretation of the salvation of the soul as a flight from responsibility for the whole, and how did we come to conceive the Christian project as a selfish search for salvation which rejects the idea of serving others 40 41 In concluding this part of the discussion, he states On the other hand, we must also acknowledge that modern Christianity, faced with the successes of science in progressively structuring the world, has to a large extent restricted its attention to the individual and his salvation In doing so it has limited the horizon of its hope and has failed to recognize sufficiently the greatness of its task even if it has continued to achieve great things in the formation of man and in care for the weak and suffering 57 As he says, the kind of better world that progress promises cannot be the total elimination of evil and suffering, because each generation has its own choices to make and those choices are the same regardless of the world we live in.The other section of this encyclical that I really liked was Benedict s presentation of what the true good life really is, and how we aim for it He cites Augustine But then Augustine also says lookingclosely, we have no idea what we ultimately desire, what we would really like We do not know this reality at all even in those moments when we think we can reach out and touch it, it eludes us We do not know what we would really like we do not know this true life and yet we know that there must be something we do not know towards which we feel driven 32 33 That really hit some things that have been on my mind lately.Another noteworthy point about Saved in Hope is in the section beginning on page 94 Section 45 , in which Benedict seems to regard purgatory as an experience that is not in time in other words, that the purification of purgatory might be thought of as an instantaneous burning under the gaze of Jesus But even in this discussion, Benedict repeatedly brings it back to the importance of community and interconnectedness, including between people still in this world and people in the next. This encyclical is important in our times It shows that God doesn t give up on people There is hope, even in our modern times And we are saved in hope like the Bible says I like also that this encyclical letter ends by the prayer to Virgin Mary She is our Hope, she leads us to God and as long as we have Her we are saved and we have Hope. I m re reading this for an article I d like to read I m understanding it better the second time through and I REALLY prefer reading it in a nice little booklet instead of a computer print out. Great for Advent devotional reading ,spe salvi No one lives alone No one sins alone No one is saved alone The lives of others continually spill over into mine in what I think, say, do and achieve And conversely, my life spills over into that of others for better and for worse So my prayer for another is not something extraneous to that person, something external,,spe salvi No one lives alone No one sins alone No one is saved alone The lives of others continually spill over into mine in what I think, say, do and achieve And conversely, my life spills over into that of others for better and for worse So my prayer for another is not something extraneous to that person, something external, not even after death In the interconnectedness of Being, my gratitude to the other my prayer for him can play a small part in his purification And for that there is no need to convert earthly time into God s time in the communion of souls simple terrestrial time is superseded It is never too late to touch the heart of another, nor is it ever in vain One of only three encyclicals Pope Benedict XVI penned before stepping down as Supreme Pontiff, Spe Salvi is an examination of the nature of hope, its relationship to faith, how it is experienced in life, and its place in salvation Perhaps surprising for those unfamiliar with Benedict, or relying on the media s portrayal of the former Cardinal Ratzinger to form their opinion of the man, spe Salvi is a joy to read and presents some of the central tenets of Christianity in a way that fosters One of only three encyclicals Pope Benedict XVI penned before stepping down as Supreme Pontiff, Spe Salvi is an examination of the nature of hope, its relationship to faith, how it is experienced in life, and its place in salvation Perhaps surprising for those unfamiliar with Benedict, or relying on the media s portrayal of the former Cardinal Ratzinger to form their opinion of the man, spe Salvi is a joy to read and presents some of the central tenets of Christianity in a way that fosters devotion to Jesus The product of a man who is undoubtedly one of the intellectual powerhouses of the modern world the encyclical nonetheless is easy to read and presents the pope emeritus thought in such a way that it can be understood by the average layman without undue effort While it reads quickly, Spe Salvi is weighty enough to provide a reader with ample material for reflection and meditation After finishing the encyclical one is left with the feeling that Benedict XVI embodies the saying of G.K Chesterton that one should Let your religion be less of a theory andof a love affair Moreover, he leads others further on the road to this goal through his teachings as head of the Church.The nature of Benedict s teachings, which as pope are nothingthan the faithful representation of the teachings of Christ in a way fitted for the people of today, make his resignation as pope bittersweet His profound yet approachable teaching style will be sorely missed, while at the same time the teachings he left us will become important documents in leading the Church into the future and fostering the faithful s encounter with Christ Suffice it to say, there were several things I found quite intriguing in this encyclical the frankness with which Pope Benedict approaches the problems of materialism, fatalism, and the faith in progress, bequeathed to us by the Enlightenment he cites Francis Bacon the steering away of Christian life from a self centered concern for merely one s own salvation, focusing instead on creating hope in others, and not merely in this world, but in the Kingdom of God and lastly, his treatment o Suffice it to say, there were several things I found quite intriguing in this encyclical the frankness with which Pope Benedict approaches the problems of materialism, fatalism, and the faith in progress, bequeathed to us by the Enlightenment he cites Francis Bacon the steering away of Christian life from a self centered concern for merely one s own salvation, focusing instead on creating hope in others, and not merely in this world, but in the Kingdom of God and lastly, his treatment of the union of justice and grace in God s judgment God gives his grace as a gift to all who found themselves on Christ, but this does not erase the evil that is done, from whose wounds and scum we must be purified In my reading of Pope Benedict s encyclicals, I ve been impressed with his ability to be both academic e.g discussion of hypostatis, hyparchonta, Marx, Lenin, etc and devotional, to draw on, in a disarming and holistic way, all the monuments of tradition so that the fullness of the Catholic Faith can shine forth intelligent and beautiful Next, Caritas in Veritate