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 our preceding reflections have made clear, the true subject of the various Catholic organizations that carry out a ministry of charity is the Church herself—at all levels, from the parishes, through the particular Churches, to the universal Church.

Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave. Only my readiness to encounter my neighbour and to show him love makes me sensitive to God as well. But charitable activity on behalf of the poor and suffering was naturally an essential part of the Church of Rome from the very beginning, based on the principles of Christian life given in the Acts of the Apostles.

God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love. Since the nineteenth century, an objection has been raised to the Church’s charitable activity, subsequently developed with particular insistence by Marxism: And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides you Summary of Deus Caritas Est. First papal encyclical in history on the foundations of moral theology.

Pope Ddus 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 published. It is time to reaffirm the importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work.

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.

Summary of Deus Caritas Est

Jesus gave this act of oblation an enduring presence through his institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. In these words she expresses her whole programme of life: As citizens of the State, they are called to take part in public life in a personal capacity. 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 part of love’s growth towards higher levels and inward purification that it set seeks to become definitive, and it does so in a twofold sense: The parable of the Good Samaritan cf. Who is my Neighbour? 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.

A particularly striking interpretation of this vision is presented by Pope Gregory the Great in his Pastoral Rule. Nobody would have dreamed of denying that fellow Jews were neighbours who should be loved as they love themselves.

And yet God is not encyclicao invisible to us; he does not remain completely inaccessible.

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

No one has ever seen God, so how could we love him? A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak. Carjtas personal relationship with God and an abandonment to his will can prevent man from being demeaned and save him from falling prey to the teaching of fanaticism and terrorism. Love of God and love of encycliczl have become one: Here we are actually dealing with a debasement of the human body: Only my readiness to encounter my neighbour and to show him love makes me sensitive to God as well.

Carktas testimonials of gratitude, offered to her from every continent and culture, are a recognition of that pure love which is not self- seeking but simply benevolent. It is love, love between persons created by God and between the Divine Persons and the persons created by God in His own likeness.

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In this way, love of neighbour and love of God are truly united. As the Church grew, this radical form of material communion could not in fact be preserved. In acknowledging the centrality of love, Christian reus has retained the core of Israel’s faith, while at the same time giving it new depth and breadth.

My heart recoils within me, my compassion grows warm and tender. To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work: Yet he does not prevent us from crying out, like Jesus on the Cross: It is true that the pursuit of justice must be a fundamental norm of the State and that the aim of a just social order is to guarantee to each dwus, according to the principle of subsidiarity, his share of the community’s goods.


God has made himself visible: It consists in the very fact that, in God and with God, I love even the person whom I do not like or even know. A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing about him and to let love alone speak. At encycoical audience on 18 JanuaryPope Benedict said that Deus caritas est would discuss the concept of love “in its various dimensions, from the love between man and woman to the love that the Catholic Church has for others in its expression of charity”.

It conjures up notions of emotional attachment and altruism, rather than human rights and entitlements. In its proclamation of the mystery of God who is love and of the inseparability of the love of God and neighbour, it provides a vision deuss solidarity that alone is capable of engendering the type of societal transformation demanded by the present crisis. In Egypt not only each monastery, but each individual Diocese eventually had its own diaconia ; this institution then developed in both East and West.

Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, which utterly upends the implication that some people are not our neighbours.

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Part I The term “love”, one of the most used and abused words in today’s world, has a multiplicity of meanings. Even before the revelation of Fatima, Blessed John Duns Dus had the intuition of it because he ardently defended the Marian privilege of the Immaculate Conception, against almost all the theologians of his time.

Another path, that of the Franciscans of the thirteenth century, the heir of St.