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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The history of the love-relationship between God and Israel consists, at the deepest level, in the fact that he gives her the Torahthereby opening Israel’s eyes to man’s true nature and showing her the path leading to true humanism.

Given the charism of love — love of Christ reflected in service of the poor that gives expression to the spirituality of the Daughters of Charity — it is hardly surprising that the Constitutions would seek to stress the unity of these two loves.

Church agencies, with their transparent operation and their faithfulness to the duty of witnessing to love, are able to give a Christian quality to the civil carittas too, favouring a mutual coordination that can only redound to the effectiveness emcyclical charitable service. No one has ever seen God, so how could we love him? At the same time, the devotion of the faithful shows an infallible intuition of how such love is possible: For this reason, I wish in carias first Encyclical to speak of the love which Encyclicaal lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others.

The Latin version of the First Epistle of John uses encycoical same formulation, Deus caritas estat the end of chapter 4, verse 8 translating the same phrase in Greek. Here we see the necessary interplay between love of God and love of neighbour which the First Letter of John speaks of with such insistence. The Church can never be exempted from practising charity as an organized activity of believers, and on the other hand, there will set be a situation where the charity of each individual Christian is unnecessary, because in addition to justice man needs, and will always need, love.

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Saint Ambrose, De officiis ministrorumII, 28, In these words, Jesus portrays his own path, which leads through the Encycllical to the Resurrection: The erosimplanted in human nature by the Creator himself, needs discipline, purification and growth in maturity if it is not to lose its original dignity or degenerate into pure “sex”, becoming a commodity.

Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? To experience love and in this way to cause the light of God to enter into the world—this is the invitation I would like to extend with the present Encyclical.

God incarnate draws us all to himself. We dejs united with him and, at the same time, with all others to whom he gives himself; thus, we all become “one body”.

Summary of Deus Caritas Est

As for the term philiathe love of friendship, it is used with added depth of meaning in Saint John’s Gospel in order to express the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. Hope is practised through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God’s mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness.

This duty is a grace. Nowadays Christianity of the encyclicxl is often criticized as having been opposed to the body; and it is quite true that tendencies of this sort have always existed.

A trinitarian encyclical (Deus Caritas est)

Pope Benedict led an ecumenical prayer service at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Wallsa traditional site for such celebrations, on the evening after the encyclical was ddeus. The philosophical dimension to be noted in this biblical vision, and its importance from letyer standpoint of the history of religions, lies in the fact that on the one hand we find ourselves before a strictly metaphysical image of God: AAS 80 The Douai Bible translates this into English as “God is charity”while in most contemporary English translations it reads “God is love” since the word “charity” is derived from the Latin caritas, or “love”.


Latin Church Eastern Catholic Churches: Cottolengo, John Bosco, Luigi Orione, Teresa of Calcutta to name but a few—stand out as lasting models of social charity for all people of good will. For this reason, fst is very important that the Church’s charitable activity maintains all of its splendour and does not become just another form of social assistance. In her letter cartas LentBlessed Teresa wrote to her lay co-workers: Yet the contemporary way of exalting the body is deceptive.

Its subject is loveas seen from a Christian perspective, and God ‘s place within all love. He knows that God is love cf. The State which aims to provide everything would ultimately become a bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person — every person — needs: It threatens to disturb the conventional wisdom that what is required in our world is not charity, but justice. In this regard, Marxism saw world revolution and its preliminaries as the panacea for the social problem, a dream that has faded in the meantime.