In the mail today – received this excellent-looking book from Our Sunday Visitor:
Within, editor Michael Dubruiel gives us accessible Pope Benedict XVI – records of his conversations with children, students, priests and others, and the exchanges remind me of these lovely exchanges between Benedict and young people, which I posted a while back. My favorite:
During a question-and-answer session with a half-dozen children, one boy told the pope that he had been told that Christ was really present in the Eucharist, or Communion.
“But how? I don’t see him,” the boy said. Benedict chuckled.
“We don’t see him, but there are so many things that we don’t see that exist and they are essential,” Benedict said. “For example, we don’t see our reason, but we still have reason. We don’t see our intelligence, but we have it … We don’t see the electric current, but we still see it works: We see how this microphone works, the lights.
“We don’t see the risen Lord with our eyes, but we know that where Jesus is, men change, become better, become a bit more able to have peace and reconciliation.”
A book full of that? Sure. Thank you!
Also in the mail,
The Greatest Gift; The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang
I actually read a bit of this during lunch and it was pretty intriguing – the biography of a sister who went from teaching in Catholic schools to the Amazon rain forest, where she was slain.
Both of these books teach a lot about selflessness and service, which seems to be my theme today!
Catholic Media Review has a more in-depth review of the Benedict book.