Personal memories of Benedict

The voice and witness of Joseph Ratzinger will be very sorely missed in the life of the Church—perhaps especially because of the current quality of her intellectual life. But were he here, he might remind us of words he wrote more than half a century ago, words which remain just as vividly true today: “Faith is not primarily a colossal edifice of numerous supernatural facts . . . but an assent to God, who gives us hope and confidence.” At its core, “faith is not a system of knowledge, but trust.” And God does not abandon his people.