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on the reaper to come [Nov. 30th, 2007|08:14 am]
A wild plot of forest land is rendered fertile—and in the process, the trees of pride are felled, whatever weeds may be growing inside souls are pulled up, and the ground is thereby prepared so that bread for body and soul can flourish. Are we not perhaps seeing once again, in the light of current history, that no positive world order can prosper where souls are overgrown?
-- Pope Benedict XVI, "Spe Salvi", 15 (2007)