Download How do the writings of Pope Benedict XVI on "transformation" PDF

TitleHow do the writings of Pope Benedict XVI on "transformation"
File Size1.4 MB
Total Pages131
Table of Contents
                            How do the writings of Pope Benedict XVI on "transformation" apply to a couple's growth in holiness in sacramental marriage?
	Publication Details
Document Text Contents
Page 1

The University of Notre Dame Australia The University of Notre Dame Australia

[email protected] [email protected]



How do the writings of Pope Benedict XVI on "transformation" apply to a How do the writings of Pope Benedict XVI on "transformation" apply to a

couple's growth in holiness in sacramental marriage? couple's growth in holiness in sacramental marriage?

Houda Jilwan
The University of Notre Dame Australia

Follow this and additional works at:

Part of the Religion Commons

Copyright Regulations 1969


The material in this communication may be subject to copyright under the Act. Any further copying or communication of this
material by you may be the subject of copyright protection under the Act.

Do not remove this notice.

Publication Details Publication Details
Jilwan, H. (2018). How do the writings of Pope Benedict XVI on "transformation" apply to a couple's growth in holiness in
sacramental marriage? (Master of Philosophy (School of Philosophy and Theology)). University of Notre Dame Australia.

This dissertation/thesis is brought to you by
[email protected] It has been accepted for inclusion in
Theses by an authorized administrator of [email protected]
For more information, please contact
[email protected]
mailto:[email protected]

Page 2





Houda Jilwan

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of

Master of Philosophy

School of Philosophy and Theology

The University of Notre Dame Australia


Page 65


Chapter 3: Transformation in the writings of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI refers often in hi

a Christian undergoes once he encounters Christ. This theme forms the essence of salvation

since to be saved from sin means to be transformed into a true image of Christ. This chapter

will argue . It

will place an emphasis on the link between transformation and faith, conversion, the act of

following Christ, the mystery of the Cross and relationships. By exploring the theme of

this chapter aims to apply it to couples

in sacramental marriage who strive to live the universal call to holiness in their ordinary

everyday life.

3.1 e writings of Pope

Benedict XVI

Having been influenced by St Augustine and other writers such as Romano Guardini,

Pope Benedict XVI does not see Christianity as an ideology or a set of beliefs, but rather as an

encounter with the person of Christ who com

in order to redeem us from the forces of evil and give us a share in his divine life. This change

nature, as St Paul writes in his L

according to the desire of error, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and put on the new


This understanding of Christianity forms the theme of Dietrich Von Hildebrand

Transformation in Christ in which

1 However, becoming

Lord who alone is able to transform hearts and change people from within. Pope Benedict XVI,

1 Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Transformation in Christ, 3.

Page 66


experience to illustrate the effects of such transformation on a person who has encountered the


In a famous page of the Confessions, Saint Augustine expresses with great force his
discovery of God, supreme beauty and supreme love, a God who was always close to

loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within
me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I

plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not
with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would

have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and broke through my deafness. You
flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on
me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, not I hunger and thirst


The great transformation which St Augustine had experienced could only happen

through a personal encounter with a God who loves, who bends down and lifts man up to new

horizons. For Pope Benedict XVI, it is this kind of transformation that marks the essence of

being a Christi

3 The aim

of such change is to decrease so that Christ may increase. This was clearly expressed in his

gratuitous love. Not only does he love us, but he wants to draw us to himself, to transform us

it is no longer I who live, but


The theme of being transformed by an encounter with the person of Christ recurs

frequently in the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. In his encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, he wrote:

not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an

5 This encounter with

revealing to

6 The link between transformation and the encounter

with Christ was stressed by Pope Benedict XVI on other occasions. For him, a radical

becomes sincerely open to an

encounter with Christ.7 The power of such transformation is not the product of a thought but

2 Pope Benedict XVI, World Day for Prayers for Vocations, Message, April 29, 2012.
3 Joseph Ratzinger, Credo for Today. What Christians Believe (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2009), 150.
4 Pope Benedict XVI, Message for Lent, Message, Vatican Website, October 15, 2012.
5 Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, Encyclical Letter, December 25, 2005, 1.
6 Pope Benedict XVI, The Year of Faith Introduction, Audience, October 17, 2012.
7 Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini, Apostolic Exhortation, September 30, 2010, 50.

Page 130


Sex, Marriage and Chastity Reflections of a Catholic Layman. Chicago:
Franciscan Herald Press, 1981.

The Rock on Which the Family is Built. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995.

McGoldrick, Patrick. The Call of the Whole Church to Holiness In Vatican II: The
Constitution on the Church. A Theological and Pastoral Commentary, edited by
Kevin Mc Namara, 265-277. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1968.

Newman, Jeremiah. What is Catholic Action? An Introduction to the Lay Apostolate. Dublin:
M.H Gill and Son, 1958.

Nichols, Aidan. The Thought of Benedict XVI. An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph
Ratzinger. New York: Burns & Oates, 2005.

The Spirituality of the Second Vatican Council. New York: Paulist Press,

Of Granada, Louis. Pathway to Holiness. Translated by Jordan Aumann. New York: Alba
House, 1998.

39 New Saints You Should Know. Cincinnati: Servants Books, 2010.

Ouellet, Marc Cardinal. Divine Likeness Toward A Trinitarian Anthropology of the Family.
Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

Mystery and Sacrament of Love A Theology of Mariage and the
Family For the New Evangelisation. Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing
Company, 2015.

Paul VI. Mysterium Fidei. On the Holy Eucharist. Encyclical Letter. Vatican Website.
September 3, 1965.

Humanae Vitae Encyclical Letter on Birth Control. London: Catholic Truth Society,

Pilon, Mark A. Magnum Mysterium The Sacrament of Matrimony. New York: Alba House,

Pinckaers, Servais. Morality The Catholic View.

The Sources of Christian Ethics. Washington: The Catholic University of
America Press, 1995.

Pius X. E Supremi. On the Restoration of All Things in Christ. Encyclical Letter. Vatican
Website. October 4, 1903.

Il Fermo Proposito. On Catholic Action In Italy. Encyclical Letter. Vatican Website.
June 1, 1905.

Pius XI. Casti Connubii. On Christian Marriage. Encyclical Letter. Vatican Website.
December 31, 1930.

Pius XII. Mystici Corporis. On the Mystical Body of Christ. Encyclical Letter. Vatican
Website. June 29, 1943.

Page 131


Dearly Newlyweds Pope Pius XII Speaks to Young Couples. Kingswood: The

World’s Work Ltd, 1961.

Philippe, Jacques. Fire and Light. New York: Scepter Publishers, 2016.

Price, Joann F. Pope Benedict XVI A Biography. California: Greenwood Biographies, 2013.

Ratzinger, Joseph. Boeve lieven., & Mannion, Gerard, The Ratzinger Reader: Mapping a

Theological Journey. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010.

Rausch, Thomas P. Pope Benedict XVI. An Introduction to His Theological Vision. New

York/Mahwah: Paulist, 2009.

Raymond, M. This is Love. Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1964.

Richard, Thomas. The Ordinary Path to Holiness. New York: Alba House, 2003.

Rowland, Tracey. New York: Oxford

University Press, 2008.

--------------------- Benedict XVI. A Guide for the Perplexed. New York: T&T Clark, 2010.

Scheeben, Matthias Joseph. The Mysteries of Christianity. Translated by Cyril Vollert.

London: B.Herder Book Co, 1946.

Schindler, David L. “Is America Bourgeois?” Communio 14 (1987): 262-290.

Scola, Angelo. The Nuptial Mystery. Translated by Michelle K. Borras. Michigan: William B.

Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005.

Stenson, James B. Lifeline the Religious Upbringing of Your Children. New York: Scepter

Publishers, 1996.

Thierry, Jean-Jacques. Opus Dei. A Close-up. New York: Cortland Press, 1975.

Thils, Gustave. “The Universal Call to Holiness in the Church”, Communio, Vol 17 (1990):


Vance-Trembath Sally. The Pneumatology of Vatican II. United States: Lap Lambert

Publishing Company, 2010.

Von Hildebrand, Dietrich, Transformation in Christ. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1990.

West, Christopher,

Herefordshire: Gracewing, 2003.

Wojtyła, Karol. Love and Responsibility. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1981.

Sources of Renewal. Translated by P.S.Falla. London: Collins, 1980.

Wulf, Friedrich. “The Call of the Whole Church to Holiness.” In Commentary on the

Documents of Vatican II, edited by Herbert Vorgrimler, 261-272. New York: Herder

and Herder, 1967.

Similer Documents