Wednesday, January 18, 2006

God Is Love

Pope Benedict's encyclical is due to be made public in January 25. It is entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (God Is Love). In today's general audience, the Pope expounded on its theme of love.

Today, in the terminology that it is known, "love" often seems something very remote from what a Christian thinks when he speaks of charity. I would like to show that it is one movement with different dimensions. The "eros," the gift of love between man and woman, comes from the same source of the Creator's goodness, as well as the possibility of a love that denies itself in favor of the other.

The "eros" is transformed in "agape" in the measure in which the two really love one another and one no longer seeks oneself, one's enjoyment, one's happiness, but seeks above all the good of the other. In this way, the "eros" is transformed in charity, in a path of purification, of deepening. From one's family one opens wide to the larger family of society, to the family of the Church, to the family of the world.

I also try to show that the totally personal act that comes to us from God is a unique act of love. It must also be expressed as an ecclesial, organizational act. If it is really true that the Church is the expression of God's love, of that love that God has for his human creature, it must also be true that the fundamental act of faith, which creates and unites the Church and gives us the hope of eternal life and of the presence of God in the world, engenders an ecclesial act.

In other words, the Church, including as Church, as community, must love in an institutional manner. And this "Caritas" is not a mere organization, as other philanthropic organizations, but a necessary expression of the profound act of personal love with the God who has created us, awakening in our hearts the thrust to love, reflection of God-Love, that his image makes us. Time has passed before the text was ready and translated. Now the fact that it will be published precisely on the day in which we pray for the unity of Christians seems a gift of Providence. I hope it might illuminate and help our Christian life.

(from Zenit)


Blogger Danny Garland Jr. said...

I can't wait for the encyclical to come out!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Me too Danny! Like the Pope said, isn't it Providential that it comes out on the last day of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. May God's love unite all Christians.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

I can't wait either! Oh it comes out on the last day of the week of prayer for Christian unity!
We had a service last night in a paltalk chat room called "octave of Christian unity" so I had just learned about that this year.
Thanks :)

7:13 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Thanks Carmel. I ought to make a note of this-- this week being the octave.

4:43 PM  

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