Posted by Andreas on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:16 am
It’s amazing the power that orators can have and how, at crucial times, we hear something that pushes us to be better. Some of the most memorable speeches in history have become immortalized because of the impact they had to change something for the good. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech immediately comes to mind.
One speech that I find very inspiring is Joseph Ratzinger’s (now Pope Benedict XVI) homily during the mass before the conclave to elect Pope John Paul II’s successor on April 18, 2005. In it, he speaks of the “dictatorship of relativism” that our world is slowly building up, but in response says that we “have a different goal: the Son of God, the true man. He is the measure of true humanism. An ‘adult’ faith is not a faith that follows the trends of fashion and the latest novelty; a mature adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ.” What an awesome reminder of whom we should be anchored to! Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
I also think that these speeches show the power behind our words. We have to be aware of all of the small “speeches” we give in our lives – to our family, to our friends, to our coworkers. Our words have the potential of building others up or tearing others down, and we need to try always to achieve the former.
What speeches would you add to this list? Put them below in the comments with links to videos if possible!