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Quote of the Day Contest, Annual Thanksgiving Edition

Winner gets a free year's subscription to Commonweal (via David Gibson) for a deserving, or undeserving, Catholic (or member of an ecclesial community) not themselves.Which world renowned author and evangelist said this?

"I've collected 370 different hot sauces traveling the globe. The hotter the better. I don't just believe in hell...I eat it."

A) Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to German journalist Peter Seewald in a new book, "Light of the World," officially released today, Tuesday.B) Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., speaking in Twitter in a tweet posted last Thursday.C) Other. Guesses welcome. (Tip: von Balthasar is incorrect, given his views on hell.)First correct answer wins. No Googling allowed. Native German speakers not eligible. Check back in for results. H/T: RNS

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David Gibson is a national reporter for Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (HarperOne) and The Rule of Benedict (HarperOne). He blogs at dotCommonweal.



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I'm guessing Rick Warren -- the sheer inanity is the giveaway.

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You know, I met him at a conference he spearheaded along with Cardinal McCarrick on evangelicals and Catholics. He's really quite a charismatic man--and reminded me of Jerry Fallwell that way, whom I met while in college.The sociologists were right that evangelical Protestantism puts a premium on charisma.

I myself have always pictured Hell as being more like quiche than hot sauce...

Rick is charismatic, and very appealing, if also quite media savvy. I think if I'd made the quiz a choice between him and Archbp Dolan it would have in fact been a difficult test. Still, I think if this thought experiment has any worth whatsoever, it might be in illuminating the gulf that still exists culturally between Catholics and Evangelicals. It may be shrinking somewhat in America. I'd welcome a bit more charisma in the pews, maybe less in the pulpit. And of course hot sauce for everyone.

Ooh, disappointed.Thought I'd win with MARK TWAIN. The new food book surely contains a (Kansas City) barbecue sauce chapter.

Thanks, David. I have to disagree with you about Warren, though. I don't find him at all appealing. The Purpose-Driven Life is pure bourgeois piffle. And recall his chuckling at John McCain's atrocious answer to his question about "how much is rich": "Oh, how about 5 million?" Yuckety-yuck yuck was Warren's servile response. Sure enough -- and no surprise -- he gave the invocation at President Reach-Across-the-Aisle's inauguration.

Warren wrote a very nice intro for the new book about Mother Teresa ("Mother Teresa at 100"), published in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday a few months ago.A few excerpts from the intro, care of handwritten note from Mother Teresa hangs on my office wall. It says, 'Be holy because the God who created you is holy and he loves you.' Mother Teresa didn't just believe those words; she incarnated them . . . By the time she wrote the note I've framed on my wall, leaders from around the world would listen to Mother Teresa. Why? I call it the Mother Teresa principle: The more you care about the powerless, the more power you have. The more you serve those with no influence, the more influence God gives you. The more you humble yourself, the more you're honored by others. This is the great lesson I hope you'll learn from this book. Jesus said it this way, in Mark 8:35 : 'If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.'Don't just read this book. Let it change the direction of your life. Let it cause you to investigate the One who so transformed Mother Teresa that she was able to walk away from everything we spend our lives trying to attain. Discover her motivation, her method, but most of all, her Master.On this 100th anniversary of her birth, I leave you with my favorite Mother Teresa quote: 'God doesn't ask us to do great things. He asks us to do small things with great love.' Find a place to do that today.

David Gibson: This is too easy. Next time, give at least five or six choices, and not the Pope.

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