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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Only thus is love — eros —able to mature and attain its authentic grandeur.

Here we see the necessary interplay between love of God and love of encjclical which the First Letter of John speaks of with such insistence. As the Church grew, this radical form of material communion could not in fact be preserved. A Eucharist which does not pass over into the concrete practice of love is intrinsically fragmented.

In this project he was amply inspired by Christianity. Encylical, we should especially mention the great parable of the Last Judgement cf. He refers to the conjugal love exhibited in the Song of Songsand analyzes passages from the First Letter of St. It could hardly be otherwise, since its promise looks towards its definitive goal: We see it in the delicacy with which she recognizes the need of the spouses at Cana and makes it known faritas Jesus.

A few references will suffice to demonstrate this. The unbreakable bond encyclcal love of God and love of neighbour is emphasized. Since the 19th century, a fundamental objection has been raised to the Church’s charitable activity. Legter priest, the Levite and the victim are clearly neighbours.

This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly. However, in accordance with a practice initiated in the pontificate of John Paul II, the unofficial versions prepared by the Vatican in 7 other languages use the singular “I wish to speak of love”.

What we have here, though, is really an inhuman philosophy. In this context and in the face of the impending secularism that can also condition many Christians who are involved in charitable work, it is necessary to reaffirm the importance of prayer. As a child of six years, Julian witnessed the assassination of his father, brother and other family members by the guards of the imperial palace; rightly or wrongly, he blamed this brutal act on the Emperor Constantius, who passed himself off as an outstanding Christian.


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We have seen that the formation of just structures is not directly the duty of the Church, but belongs to the world of politics, the sphere of the autonomous use of reason. He had come to me and come to me in this hour. The second aspect is lettr important. Rather, the Church wishes to help form consciences in political life and to stimulate greater insight into the authentic requirements of justice as well as greater readiness to act accordingly, even when this might involve conflict with situations of personal interest.

Only when both dimensions are truly enccylical, does man attain his full stature.

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

Joseph, the Blessed Virgin, Jesus, and their crown of holy martyrs and pontiffs, monks and virgins. Retrieved 19 October Saint John’s words should rather be interpreted to mean that love of neighbour is a path that leads to the encounter with God, and that closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God.

The multiple structures of charitable service in the social context of the present day. Mary, Virgin and Mother, shows us what love is and whence it draws its origin and its constantly renewed power.

In order to define more accurately the cartas between the necessary commitment to justice and the ministry of charity, two fundamental situations need to be considered: To her we entrust the Church and her mission in the service of love: Latin Church Eastern Catholic Churches: The Old Testament firmly opposed this form of religion, which represents a powerful temptation against monotheistic faith, combating it as a perversion of religiosity.

Introduction to Christianity Eschatology: Deus caritas est — Introduction Deus caritas est — Part 1 Deus caritas est — Part 2 These two titles already show between the lines of the encyclical, the major themes of Fr.

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Here Christians can see a dim prefigurement of the mystery of the Cross: Rather, he seeks an encounter with the Father of Jesus Christ, asking God to be present with the consolation of the Spirit to him and his work. You abandoned yourself completely to God’s call and thus became a wellspring of the goodness which flows forth from him. Lether argument has vast implications, but a lengthy treatment would go beyond the scope of the present Encyclical.


Part II deals with the actual practice of the commandment to love one’s ecyclical.

Deus caritas est English: This duty is a grace. Likewise, in Deus caritas estone can without difficulty discern this important truth that all of us, as individuals deuw societies are at one and the same time bearers of gifts and bearers of needs.

We have come to believe in God’s love: Faith, worship and ethos are interwoven as a single reality which takes shape in our encounter with God’s agape. Justice and Charity Those who are obsessed with this immorality, with these unrestrained, exacerbated carnal pleasures would not know how to find a way to preach according to caritaas Word of God the mystical loves that their ancestors celebrated in the liturgy of Divine Office, with a holy rapture inspired by Holy Scripture and the writing of the saints.

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”.

We can thus see how the reception of the Song of Songs in the canon of sacred Scripture encyyclical soon explained by the idea that these love songs ultimately describe God’s relation to man and lettwr relation to God. Considering all the goods of the earth: Health care Schools Universities.

Retrieved from lettfr https: At that point, love indeed becomes an “ecstasy”, not in the sense of a fleeting moment of intoxication but encyyclical an ongoing exodus from the inward-looking self towards its liberation through self-giving, and thus towards self-discovery and the discovery of God: We have seen that God’s eros for man is also totally agape.

They need heartfelt concern. The document explains that eros and agape are both inherently good, but that eros risks being downgraded to mere sex if it is not balanced by an element of spiritual Christianity. Encyclidal 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.