It is extraordinary to encounter throughout this book Ratzinger’s consistency of thought and teaching over more than 30 years. One discovers in his earlier homilies many of the same themes — even the same expressions — that we know from his pontificate. One such theme is that here-and-now reality of the sacraments. It is their very purpose to put man in contact with his Redeemer not in a vague, general sense, but at a particular time and in a particular place.
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