“As the years went by and the Church spread further afield, the exercise of charity became established as one of her essential activities, along with the administration of the sacraments and the proclamation of the word: love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to her as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel. The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word.”

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Pope Benedict XVI

Deus Caritas Est, #22

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Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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2 Responses

  1. Joaquin Mejia says:

    I guessed it correctly. I thought “Pope Benedict XVI” and I was so delighted when I scrolled down. I hope I would get to read his books soon. I have read books by both St. John Paul II and Pope Francis but I have not read Benedict XVI yet.

    • Pedro Gabriel says:

      I’m a ratzingerian. As much as I love Pope Francis (and I do unreservedly) Pope Benedict holds a special place in my heart. It was by reading his books that I fully converted to orthodoxy.

      I can’t recommend you enough that you start reading Benedict XVI. If you want to get acquainted with the person, get the book-interviews with journalist Peter Seewald. If you want to get started on his encyclicals, I vividly recommend Deus Caritas Est and Caritas in Veritate. If you want to get started on his theology, I recommend Introduction to Christianity or the Jesus of Nazareth trilogy.

      Either way, if you pick up a book from him (any book) you are in good hands. Just dig in 😉

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