Karol Wojtyla: Opening Statement as Pontiff

“To all people of today, I once again repeat the impassioned cry with which I began my pastoral ministry:  ‘Do not be afraid!  Open, indeed, open wide the doors to Christ.”  Open to his saving power the confines of States, and systems political and economic, as well as vast fields of culture, civilization, and development.  Do not be afraid.  Christ knows what is inside a person.  Only he knows!  Today too often people do not know what they carry inside, in the deepest recesses of their soul, in their heart.  Too often people are  uncertain about a sense of life on earth.  Invaded by doubts they are led into despair.  Therefore, with humility and trust I beg and implore you, allow Christ to speak to the person in you.  Only he has the words of life, yes, eternal life.”  Homily Installation Mass October 22, 1978

About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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