“Life can be successful only if we have the courage to be adventurous.” -Pope Benedict XVI
I’m working on a project about Pope Benedict, and I’m constantly struck by various quotes and sentiments. This one I had to share.
I found myself reflecting on his use of the word adventurous. I don’t think he means we need to be dare-devils or rash; the adventure to which he refers is not a jump from a plane or a trip to Mongolia. Some of us desire glamorous lives full of what we think is adventure — we fill our lives with activities and events, looking to live life to the fullest. And when some of us don’t have the same opportunities for such activities, we wistfully think of what our lives would be like if we did.
But life itself– fully-lived– is an adventure, a bold undertaking. And true life, fully-lived, is the life of a Christian. It’s that radical life of holiness that requires a daily taking up of one’s cross. It is a saying “yes” to love, knowing that the love requires self-sacrifice, vulnerability, and surrender.
It is the adventure of forsaking sleep to feed your child. It is the adventure of giving your gloves to the homeless man on the corner. It is the adventure of leaving your friends and life of comfort in one city to move to another where you know no one, just because you feel God has a plan for you there.
It is the adventure of living a chaste life while surrounded by our sexed crazed culture, of fasting on January 22nd for the men, women, and children who suffer from the evils of abortion, of choosing to live a virtuous life in a world that tells you it’s impossible.
Do we have the courage?