A recently unearthed letter from the seven-year-old Joseph Ratzinger to ‘Baby Jesus’ reveals the future pope’s desire to be a priest and his devotion to the Sacred Heart:

Dear Baby Jesus,

Quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy. I would like a Volks-Schott, green clothing for Mass and a heart of Jesus. I will always be good.

Greetings from Joseph Ratzinger

CNA offers a brief explanation for some of the young Ratzinger’s Christmas requests:

The first thing the Pope wanted was a Schott, one of the first prayer books with the missal in German and a parallel text in Latin. At the time there were two editions in the country, one for adults and one for children.

But little Joseph also asked for “green clothing for Mass.”

5 Year Old Jospeh Ratzinger

The Pope and his brothers used to play the “game of the priest,” and their mother, a seamstress, would help them by making clothes similar to those worn by priests, according to an “Inside the Vatican” interview his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, gave a few years ago.

He also asked for a heart of Jesus, referring to an image of the Sacred Heart, which his family was very devoted to.

The letter, found during the renovation of a house that Pope Benedict occupied when he was a professor in Regensburg, was published on Dec. 18. The message was discovered in the estate of his sister Mary, who kept the letter after the Pope’s house was converted into a small museum dedicated to him.

“The Pope was very glad to find the letter and its contents made him smile,” said the pope’s secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein.


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    • I don’t understand why he is called “holy”??? ONLY God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are holy!!! He is a mortal man like any of us. He just happened to be elected as pope.

      • We are all called to be holy. Our holiness does not come from our own actions but from the grace of God working through our actions. If we respond accordingly to this calling, we will be recognized as holy. That is why St. Paul always called Christians as holy, as evident in the introduction and conclusion of his epistles, an example of which is 2 Corinthians 1:1 (“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, with all the holy ones throughout Achaia”).

  1. Thank You Father that you made His vision become reality. Thank You for doing same for me with my husband Beckel and our triplets Jahmai, Jane Sara and Jason.

  2. When His Holiness Benedict 16th came to Glasgow, Scotland a few years ago, he reminded us what Blesse John Paul 2nd said at the same place. The link of the Papal Mass 28 years apart, made the many who attended both events feel part of something bigger and special than that of any State. When he asked for silence before Mass began 100,000 stood, this was not a short two minute ‘millitary’ silence but almost ten minutes. Then Mass began. Again whwn the Gospel was read all stood quietly; at the concercration we all knelt. The some of the non catholics in the crowd could not understand the emotion of the crowds; but they definetlly felt it. Support the church join a lay apostalate group, we need to organise agaainst the secularists. Have a Holy Christmas, ignore the american Happy holiday. Francis.

  3. What a lovely letter from a little boy. This affirms everything I know about the devotion of a child, and how important it is to bring little children into the full worship of the church.


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