The Vatican has today published an Encyclical Letter from Pope Benedict XVI on Christian Love, entitled Deus Caritas Est. This is Pope. The following is a translation of the Summary of the Holy Father’s first Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), which was published on Thursday, 26 January. Romanus Cessario, O.P. / Saint John’s Seminary, Boston. In the United States and Australia, the Encyclical Letter Deus caritas est enjoyed a.

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As citizens of the State, they are called to take part in public life in a personal capacity. From God’s standpoint, faith liberates reason from its blind spots and therefore helps it to be ever more fully itself. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin, Jesus, and their crown of holy martyrs and pontiffs, monks and virgins. In conformity with the episcopal structure of the Church, the Bishops, as successors of the Apostles, are charged with primary responsibility for carrying out in the particular Churches the programme set forth in the Acts of the Apostles cf.

L’Osservatore RomanoEnglish edition, 22 Januaryp. Let us take a look at the pre- Christian world.

Two things emerge clearly from this rapid overview deue the concept of eros past and present. We recognize that we are not acting on the basis of any superiority or greater personal efficiency, but because the Lord has graciously enabled us to do so. It is love, love between persons created by God and between the Divine Persons and the persons created by God in His own likeness.

Often the deepest cause of suffering is the very absence of God. It threatens to disturb the conventional wisdom that what is required in our world is not charity, but justice. Since the nineteenth century, an objection has been raised to the Church’s charitable activity, subsequently developed with particular insistence by Marxism: Works of charity—almsgiving—are in effect a way for the rich to shirk their obligation to work for justice and veus means of soothing their consciences, while preserving their own status and robbing the poor of their rights.

Going beyond exterior appearances, I perceive in others an interior desire for a sign of love, of concern.

Encyclical Letter ‘Deus Caritas Est’ on Christian Love from Pope Benedict XVI

The Spirit, in fact, is that interior power which harmonizes their hearts with Christ’s heart and moves them to love their brethren as Christ loved them, when he bent down to wash the feet of the disciples cf.


We should continue asking this question in prayerful dialogue before his face: AAS 87 And in order to make us capable of loving Him, he created us many.

Lwtter unity of the two great commandments of love is a core tenet of the Constitutions. It is the first encyclical drus be published since the Vatican decided to assert copyright in the encycljcal writings of the Pope. Two aspects of this are important. In the example of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta we have a clear illustration of the fact that time devoted to God in prayer not only does not detract from effective and loving service to our neighbour but is in fact the inexhaustible source of that service.

Its aim is simply to help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and attainment of what is just. At the gates of Amiens, Martin gave half of his cloak to a poor encyflical The continuity of these two forms of love follows the traditional Catholic understanding, which is influenced by the philosophy of FeusAugustineBonaventure and ancient Jewish tradition. Those who are able make offerings in accordance with their means, each as he or she wishes; the Bishop in turn makes use of these to support orphans, widows, the sick and those who for other reasons find themselves in need, such as prisoners and foreigners.

Love of neighbour, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: An authentically religious attitude prevents man from presuming to judge God, accusing him of allowing poverty and failing to have compassion for his creatures.

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Even if eros is at first mainly desire, in drawing near to the other person it becomes less and less concerned with itself, increasingly seeks the happiness of the other, bestows itself and wants to “be there for” the other.

The pious Jew prayed daily the words of the Book of Deuteronomy which expressed the heart of his existence: Many of our loves and charities illustrate this truth. First, there is a certain relationship between love and the Divine: But both live from the love of God who has loved us first. Lead us to him. View all our pictures.


To purchase this book online go to www. The second half also refers to the Church’s threefold responsibility: And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides you Thus the Song of Songs became, both in Christian and Jewish literature, a source of mystical knowledge and experience, an expression of the essence of biblical faith: L’Osservatore Romano is encyclicall newspaper of the Holy See.

The Church’s deepest nature is thus expressed in her three-fold duty: Science Evolution Separation of carigas and state Relations Politics. In this context, one of the themes studied is the manner in which Deus caritas est reflects on the unity of the love of God and the love of neighbour.

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Private works Introduction to Christianity Eschatology: It tells of a victim and three passers by. Here it might be encycilcal to allude to the earliest legal structures associated with the service of charity in the Church.

That, in essence, is what the two main parts of this Letter are about, and they are profoundly interconnected. Nor does he see it as an arena for the exercise of his freedom, but as a mere object that he attempts, as he pleases, to make both enjoyable and harmless. The teaching of the Letter to the Galatians is emphatic: Mary is a woman of hope: By participating in the Eucharist, we too are involved in the caitas of his self-giving.

His article reflects on the contribution made by Pope Benedict XVI in his Encyclical letter to addressing these questions. Laborem exercens Sollicitudo rei socialis Centesimus annus Evangelium vitae.

The problem is one of practical reason; but if reason is to be exercised properly, it must undergo constant purification, since it can never be completely free of the danger of a certain ethical blindness caused by the dazzling effect of power and special interests. The Magnificat —a sncyclical, so to speak, of her soul—is entirely woven from threads of Holy Scripture, threads drawn from the Word of God. Yet he does not prevent us from crying out, like Jesus on the Cross: