Carta Encíclica "Spe Salvi Facti Sumus"
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Carta Encíclica "Spe Salvi Facti Sumus"

4.56 of 5 stars 4.56  ·  rating details  ·  315 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Pope Benedict XVI's second encyclical, Saved In Hope, ("Spe Salvi" in Latin) takes its title from St. Paul, who wrote, "In hope we have been saved". In this special deluxe hardcover edition of the work, the Holy Father continues a line of thought he began with his first encyclical, God is Love.

Love and Hope are closely related in the spiritual life. Love of God involves h

...more
64 pages
Published December 2007 by Verbo Divino (first published January 1st 2007)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 595)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Dominik
Read this. Don't wait for the book, go to http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/ben... and read it.

It's accessible, enlightening, and true.

There's incredible richness and depth in the Holy Father's words here, richness and depth that will take several readings spaced out over months -- and years -- to sink in.

I could fill this review with a wall of quotes, but it might just be easier if you'd read Spe Salvi in its entirety. It's that good.

The Pope casts a wide net in this encyclical, the net of hope...more
§--
Feb 26, 2010 §-- rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Richard Dawkins
Shelves: religion, encyclicals
Everything we have come to expect from Benedict XVI--lucidity and a depth steeped in the classics. The Pope replies to Marx, Adorno, Bacon, and all of those, common in our time, who think that human progress is attainable here on earth independent of God. Benedict simply flattens all of them. "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Psalm 127) Unless the Lord builds the civilization, progress is illu...more
Ryan
Suffice it to say, there were several things I found quite intriguing in this encyclical: the frankness with which Pope Benedict approaches the problems of materialism, fatalism, and the "faith in progress," bequeathed to us by the Enlightenment (he cites Francis Bacon); the steering away of Christian life from a self-centered concern for merely one's own salvation, focusing instead on creating hope in others, and not merely in this world, but in the "Kingdom of God"; and lastly, his treatment o...more
Alicia
I'm re-reading this for an article I'd like to read. I'm understanding it better the second time through and I REALLY prefer reading it in a nice little booklet instead of a computer print-out. :)
Chris
One of only three encyclicals Pope Benedict XVI penned before stepping down as Supreme Pontiff, "Spe Salvi" is an examination of the nature of hope, its relationship to faith, how it is experienced in life, and its place in salvation. Perhaps surprising for those unfamiliar with Benedict, or relying on the media's portrayal of the former Cardinal Ratzinger to form their opinion of the man, "spe Salvi" is a joy to read and presents some of the central tenets of Christianity in a way that fosters...more
James
Benedict does a nice job of expounding on the Christian hope and the future in breaking of the Kingdom for which the Church longs.
Particularly praiseworthy is the clarity and accessibility of Benedict's prose. He certainly is a great author. I think there is a great deal of depth here. His use of historical examples brings the topic alive. Benedict is a responsible exegete of scripture. This encyclical is a joy to read.

Most of the criticisms of this Encyclical stem from the aspects of the Chris...more
Maurizio Codogno
Dopo Deus Caritas Est, la seconda enciclica di papa Ratzinger tratta della speranza. Si possono fare delle scommesse se un'eventuale terza enciclica sarà sulla fede :-) A parte questa battuta piuttosto scontata, ammetto che questa enciclica mi ha piuttosto deluso. Io da un'enciclica mi aspetto un testo che, anche se non a livello di dogma, riporta il pensiero ufficiale della Chiesa Cattolica. Qua, almeno nella prima metà dell'enciclica, abbiamo tutta una serie di dottissime citazioni papali che...more
Neil

I find Benedict a very encouraging and challenging writer, and both of those characteristics are in the forefront of his second encyclical, Saved in Hope. He begins with Romans 8:24--"in hope we were saved"--and then asks: "what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed? And what sort of certainty is involved here?" From that question, Benedict spins out a beautiful answer.

In this encyclical, as in other of Benedic

...more
Leonardo
Excelente. Es sencillo, claro, pero profundo. Me resultó muy interesante la cuestión de la vinculación entre la esperanza personal y la esperanza de la humanidad. La salvación personal y la salvación de la humanidad.
Jon Coronel
Brilliant!
Affirmed my perspectives about Faith.
Favorite part: On the exploration of Faith based on Heb 11:1
"Faith is the "hypostasis" of things hoped for. The "elechos" of things not seen."
Hypostasis as substance, essence, firm foundation and elechos as proof, evidence, demonstration implying objectivity rather than subjectivity.
Similarly in another article, Benedict demonstrated that Faith is indeed objective - which simply means knowing "God as Love". Thus, Faith, is an Objective Truth that gi...more
Quilltips
Just as with Deus Caritas Est, this is one of the most profound works I've read in years. Pope Benedict has written a beautiful, concise explanation of the meaning of hope for everything from life after death, to the purpose of suffering, the interactions between politics and religion, science, atheism, and what it actually means when people talk about Jesus having "redeemed" us --



-- and he did it in 60 pages. Absolutely brilliant.
Ben De Bono
The formidable wisdom and intellect of Pope Benedict are on full display in his second encyclical. Reading this is a wonderful reminder of what a blessing the church was given by being placed under Benedict's leadership for eight years.

Many of the themes in this volume reminded me of N.T. Wright's Surprised by Hope. The two would make a wonderful paired reading and would not doubt prove fascinating if placed in conversational analysis with one another.
Monika
This encyclical is important in our times. It shows that God doesn't give up on people. There is hope, even in our modern times. And we are saved in hope - like the Bible says. I like also that this encyclical letter ends by the prayer to Virgin Mary. She is our Hope, she leads us to God and as long as we have Her we are saved and we have Hope.
J.T. Therrien
In Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI explores man's historical, social and spiritual existence in the world, and how this existence is dependent upon hope.

Although this encyclical is more technical than some of the other more recent ones, this is a fundamentally important text that every Catholic needs to read.
Ryan
My favorite of Benedict's first 2 encyclicals. Not that it was purposefully an answer to Obama, but he brilliantly exposes the emptiness in our president's Godless and ironically hopeLESS "Audacity of Hope."
Peter Calabrese
Interesting that the President of the United Sates and the Holy Father both bear names that mean blessing and both wrote books on Hope. This book is about hope in Jesus Christ.
Peter M.
I've read Pope Benedict's two other encyclical letters, I believe in the course of history he will be judged as a man of his times....
Kazango
Better than Deus Caritas Est, in my opinion, and successfully explains, inspires, and draws forth the hope of Christians.
Mitchell Hebert
Absolutely amazing. Easy to read and follow for almost anyone. My 14 year old brother read it and loved it as well.
Enrique Hernandez
The pastoral nature of the encyclical is inspiring. The hope we have is more than real, it guides us.
Todd Zywicki
What it means to be human. Can you think of anything more important? A guide to human happiness here.
Josh
The book is a great joy to read and a wonderful explanation of Catholic teaching on hope.
Jesuswept1333
Gracie Benedetto! A truly insightful and timely letter from our Pontiff.
Jon
Mar 09, 2008 Jon marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have heard this is a good read and defintely have it on my to-read list!
Tim Fairchild
Hope requires confidence, confidence is developed through practice.
Claire Hoipkemier
were you a PLS major Papa?
Tanya
Tanya marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2014
Karen Blanchette
Karen Blanchette marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 19 20 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Lumen Fidei: The Light of Faith
  • Fides Et Ratio: On the Relationship Between Faith and Reason: Encyclical Letter of John Paul II
  • Of Human Life: Humanae Vitae
  • Theology for Beginners
  • Interior Freedom
  • The Secret Of The Rosary
  • Life of Christ
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Fire within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and the Gospel - On Prayer
  • Death On A Friday Afternoon Meditations On The Last Words Of Jesus From The Cross
  • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
  • Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession
  • Prayer
  • Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life
  • The Way
4905855
Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, an...more
More about Pope Benedict XVI...
Jesus of Nazareth God Is Love--Deus Caritas Est: Encyclical Letter Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection The Spirit of the Liturgy Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times - A Conversation with Peter Seewald

Share This Book

“It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.” 32 likes
“It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater.” 22 likes
More quotes…