Imagine starting every morning with five minutes with the Holy Father! How would your routine and daily preparation change based on these brief moments of inspiration, insight, and invitations to prayer?
Now, you can do exactly that with these five-minute reflections to center your heart and mind on Christ before the noise of each day begins. Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVIs homilies, speeches, documents, and writings will inspire, encourage, and challenge you to a greater devotion to Christ in everything you do. In the time it takes to sip a cup of coffee, you can gain the spiritual wisdom of one of the most prolific and respected Catholic theologians of our time and share in his efforts to build a new world.
Pope Benedict XVI - Joseph Ratzinger
Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded Pope John Paul II. Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was for over two decades The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II. He is the author of Spirit of the Liturgy, Salt of the Earth, Introduction to Christianity, God and the World, Milestones, Called to Communion, God Is Near Us.
Let us turn our gaze toward Christ. It is he who will make us free to love as he loves us, and to build a reconciled world.
- Pope Benedict XVI