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Love of God and love of neighbour are now truly united: The real novelty of the New Testament lies not so much in new ideas as in the figure of Christ himself, who gives flesh and blood to those encycliquue unprecedented realism.

He refers to the conjugal love exhibited in the Song of Songsand analyzes passages from the First Letter of St. How can I hand you over, O Israel! Vatican II Dignitatis humanae Gaudium et spes. Jesus takes up this cry for help as a warning to help us return to the right path. The encyclical contains almost 16, words in 42 paragraphs. Let us note straight away that the Greek Old Testament uses the word eros only twice, while the New Testament does not use it encyclisue all: There emcyclique always be suffering which cries out for consolation and help.

Editions of God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI

In Egypt not only each monastery, but each individual Diocese eventually had its own diaconia ; this institution then developed in both East and West. The saints are the true bearers of light within history, for they are men and women of faith, hope and love.

I cannot possess Christ just for myself; I can belong to him only in union with all those who have become, or who will become, his own.

There is only one God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who is thus the God of all. Outstanding among the saints is Mary, Mother of the Lord and mirror of all holiness. Building a just social and civil order, wherein each person receives what is his or her due, is an essential task which every generation must take up anew.

Faith, hope and charity go together. Amid this multiplicity of meanings, however, one in particular stands out: Yet to become such a source, one must constantly drink anew from the original source, which is Jesus Christ, from whose pierced heart flows the love of God cf.


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By their own inner logic, these initial, somewhat philosophical reflections on the essence of love have now brought us to the threshold of biblical faith. Yet he does not prevent us from crying out, like Jesus on the Cross: God loved us first, says the Letter of John quoted above cf. The divine power that Aristotle at the height of Greek philosophy sought to grasp through reflection, is indeed for every being an object of desire and of love —and as the object of love this divinity moves the world [6] —but in itself it lacks nothing and does not love: It is God who governs the world, not we.

She speaks and thinks with the Word of God; the Word of God becomes her word, and her word issues from the Word of God. Communion draws me out of myself towards him, and thus also towards unity with all Christians.

encycliqke In this contemplation the Christian discovers the path along which his life and love must move. Of all other creatures, not one is capable of being the helper that man needs, even though he has assigned a name to all the wild beasts and birds and thus made them fully a part of his life.

The opinion that eros is inherently good follows a school of thought in the Catholic Church known as the ” Caritas tradition”, and contrasts with the view expressed, for example, by Anders Nygrena Lutheran bishop, in his midth encjclique book Eros and Agapethat agape is the only truly Christian kind of love, and that eros is an expression of carjtas individual’s desires and turns us away from God. In this family no one ought to go without the necessities of life.

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With warmth and gratitude, — J. Esst the gradual unfolding of this encounter, it is clearly revealed that love is not merely a sentiment.

The newness of biblical faith 9. My deep personal sharing in the needs and sufferings of others becomes a sharing of my very self with them: A particularly striking interpretation of this vision is presented by Pope Gregory the Great in his Pastoral Rule. Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give ext the look of love which they crave. Finally, Mary is a woman who loves. In this encyclical, Benedict reflects on the concepts of erosagapeand philiaand their relationship with the teachings of Jesus.


But its essential core remained: Since God has first loved us cf.

Seen in this way, charity is rejected and attacked as a means of preserving the status quo. A few references will suffice to demonstrate this.

But as a punishment for pride, he was split in two by Zeus, so that now he longs for his other half, striving with all his being to possess it and thus regain his integrity.

Introduction to Christianity Eschatology: Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love becomes the icon of the relationship between God and his people and vice versa. Only by keeping in mind this Christological and sacramental basis can we correctly understand Jesus’ teaching on love.

This is where Catholic social doctrine has its place: Though up to now we have been speaking encyclque of the Old Testament, nevertheless the profound compenetration of the two Testaments as the one Scripture of the Christian faith has already become evident.

It consists in the fact that man, through a life of fidelity to the one God, comes to experience himself as loved by God, and discovers joy in truth and in righteousness—a joy in God which becomes his essential happiness: Its aim is simply to help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and attainment of what is just. Love is possible, and we are able to practise it because encycllque are created in the image of God. This is due first and foremost to the fact that man enyclique a being made up of body and soul.

Index Outline Lists of Catholics. Even though this Encyclical will deal primarily with the understanding and practice of love in sacred Scripture and in the Church’s Tradition, we cannot simply prescind from the meaning of the word in the different cultures and in present-day usage.

When Jesus speaks in his parables of the shepherd who goes after the lost sheep, of the woman who looks for the lost coin, of enyclique father who goes to meet and embrace his prodigal son, these are no mere words: Purification and growth in maturity are called for; and these also pass through the path of renunciation.