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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Before attempting to define the specific profile of the Church’s activities in the service of man, I now wish to consider the overall encycliacl of the struggle for justice and love in the world of today. And can love be commanded? How could it be otherwise? This is not only because it is bestowed in a completely gratuitous manner, without any previous merit, but also because it is love which forgives.

So we need to ask: On spreading the Gospel as the central and permanent mandate of the church. It is love, love between persons created by God and between the Divine Persons and the persons created by God in His own likeness.

As a result… I no longer love them! Rather, he seeks dncyclical encounter with the Father of Jesus Christ, asking God to be present with the consolation of the Spirit to him and his work. It is the first encyclical to be published since the Vatican decided to assert copyright in the official writings of the Pope.

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Above all we encyclcial a lack of knowledge of politics as the science and art of the common goodprevious to individual good and distinct from the sum of individual goods. The entire activity of the Church is an expression of a love that seeks the integral good of man: Private works Introduction to Christianity Eschatology: Eros is thus supremely ennobled, yet at the same time it is so purified as to become one with agape.


Sulpicius Severus, Vita Sancti Martini3, The full text of the Encyclical is available on the Vatican website www.

This has always been emphasized by Christian teaching on the State and by the Church’s social doctrine. However, as Prendergast stresses:.

The argument has vast implications, but a lengthy treatment would go beyond the scope of the present Encyclical. A maxim of the Carmel introduces the corpus of his works: 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 Second Vatican Council had made this point very clearly: Marxism had seen world revolution and its preliminaries as the panacea for the social problem: The more the two, in their different aspects, find a proper unity in the one reality of love, the more the true nature of love in general is realized. Augustine, that we discover by reading St. This would seem to be the very epitome of love; all other kinds of love immediately seem to fade in comparison.

A trinitarian encyclical (Deus Caritas est)

The erosimplanted in human nature by the Creator himself, needs discipline, purification and growth in maturity if it caritaas not to lose its original dignity or degenerate into pure “sex”, becoming a commodity. No longer is it self-seeking, a sinking in the intoxication of happiness; instead it seeks the good of the beloved: Presiding at vespershe said in his homily: But this presupposes an even more radical question: In this family no one ought to go without the necessities of life.

He refers to the conjugal love exhibited in the Song of Songsand analyzes passages from the First Letter of St. That, in essence, is what the two main parts of this Letter are about, and they are profoundly interconnected.

In no one do we see this more clearly than in Mary.

The biblical account thus concludes with a prophecy about Adam: Practical activity will always be insufficient, unless it visibly expresses a love for man, a love nourished by an encounter with Christ.


Finally, Mary is a xaritas who loves. Such was the idea of Saint Pius X for restoring all things in Christ. 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: The Pope remarked this contradiction in number 9 of the encyclical. We can thus understand how agape also became a term for the Eucharist: PG 3, calls God both eros and agape.

Jesus gave this act of oblation an enduring presence through his institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Only if I serve my enncyclical can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he loves me. The second half also refers to the Church’s threefold responsibility: This illusion has vanished.

Capital and the means of production leter now the new source of power which, concentrated in the hands of a few, led to the suppression of the rights of the working classes, against which they had to rebel.

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This I can offer them not only through the organizations intended for such purposes, accepting it perhaps as a political necessity. The more we do for others, the more we understand and can appropriate the words of Christ: What delights us the most is to see love of God given dfus place of honour in the light of the Franciscan school. Here it might be helpful encyclicsl allude to the earliest legal structures associated with the service of charity in the Church.

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