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Benedict XVI addresses a speech to Pope Francis

2016-06-28

Holy Father, dear friends,

65 years ago, a fellow priest who was ordained on the same day wrote on the memorial card for his first Mass his name, the date and a single word in Greek: Eucharistomen. This word, in all its dimensions, expresses all that can be said at this moment. Eucharistomen is also about human thanksgiving... Thank you all. A special thanks to you, Holy Father!

Your kindness, from the first moment of the election, in every moment of my life here, strikes me, is a source of real inspiration for me. More than in the Vatican Gardens, with their beauty, your goodness is the place where I dwell: I feel protected.

Thank you for your words, for everything. And we hope you continue to guide us along this path of Divine Mercy, showing us the way to Jesus, Jesus, to God.

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Thank you, Cardinal Müller, for the work you have done for the presentation of my texts on the priesthood, in which I try to help our brothers to always come back into the mystery in which the Lord gives himself to us.

Eucharistomen... At that time, my friend Berger was not referring only to the dimension of human gratitude but naturally hints at the more profound word that is hidden, which appears in the liturgy, in the Scriptures, in the words "gratias agens benedixit fregit deditque”... Eucharistomen brings us back to that reality of thanksgiving, to that new dimension that Christ has given. He has transformed into thanksgiving, and so into blessing, the Cross, the suffering, all the evil of the world. And thus He has fundamentally transubstantiated life and the world, and has given us, and gives us today the Bread of true life, which overcomes the world thanks to the strength of his love.

In the end, we also want to be put inside the Lord's thanksgiving and thus actually receive the newness of life and help transubstantiation of the world: that it be a world not of death, but of life; a world in which love has overcome death.
Thank you all. May the Lord bless us all.