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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Retrieved 19 October It was in August Against the double commandment of love these questions raise a double objection. Legter is how God wanted us to love Him.

The Church’s charitable organizations, beginning with those of Caritas at diocesan, national and international levelsought to do everything in their power to provide the resources and above all the personnel needed for this work.

In today’s complex situation, not least because of the growth of a globalized economy, the Church’s social doctrine has become a set of caritxs guidelines offering approaches that are valid even beyond the confines of the Church: A Christian fst when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing about him and to let love alone speak.

It was then necessary to wait more than five hundred years for the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception inby Blessed Pius IX. The first part is more speculative, since I wanted here—at the beginning of my Pontificate—to clarify some essential facts concerning the love which God mysteriously and gratuitously offers to man, together with the intrinsic link between that Love and the reality of human love.

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These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: There encyclica admittedly some truth to rst argument, but also much that is mistaken. The Pope remarked this contradiction in number 9 of the encyclical.

Who is my Neighbour? God loves, and his love may certainly be called erosyet it is also totally agape. All the more because it is necessary, in order to apply them to God, to remove from all created perfections the limitations that accompany them in creatures: We have come to believe in God’s love: In the Catholic Church as well as other ecclesial communities, new forms of charitable activity have arisen.

Prayer, as a means of drawing ever new strength from Christ, is concretely and urgently needed. The reform of paganism attempted by the emperor Julian the Apostate is only an initial example of this effect; here we see how the power of Christianity spread well beyond the frontiers of the Christian faith.

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Baltimore, MD Subscriptions: People who pray are not wasting their time, even though the situation appears desperate and seems to call for action alone. Jesus Christ — the incarnate love of God The personnel of every Catholic charitable organization want to work with the Church and therefore with the Bishop, so deys the love of God can spread throughout the world.

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Of all other creatures, not one is capable of being the helper that eest needs, even though he has assigned a name to all the wild beasts and birds and thus made them fully a part of his life.

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. 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.

It is not a means of changing the world ideologically, and it is not at the service critas worldly stratagems, but it is a way of making present here and now the love which man always needs.

God has made himself visible: Given the charism of love — love of Craitas reflected in service of the poor that gives expression to the spirituality of the Daughters of Charity — carigas is hardly surprising that the Constitutions would seek to stress the unity of these two loves.

The consciousness that, in Christ, Deuss has given himself for us, even unto death, must inspire us to live no longer for ourselves but for him, and, with him, for others. The priest, the Levite and the victim are clearly neighbours. The increase in diversified organizations engaged in meeting various human needs is ultimately due to the fact that the command of love of neighbour is inscribed by the Creator in man’s very nature. Yet we have also seen that the way to attain this goal is not simply by submitting to instinct.

The full text of the Encyclical is available on the Vatican website www.

There will always be situations of material need where help carltas the form of concrete love of neighbour is indispensable.


In our time, a positive collateral effect of globalization can be seen in the fact that concern for neighbour transcends the confines of national communities and tends to broaden its horizons to the whole world. Individuals who care for those in need must first be professionally competent: He has loved us first and he continues to do so; we too, then, can respond with love. The distinctiveness of the Church’s charitable activity Here I would clearly reaffirm what my great predecessor John Paul II wrote in his Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis [28] when he asserted the readiness of the Catholic Church to cooperate with the charitable agencies of these Churches and Communities, since we all have the estt fundamental motivation and look towards the same goal: 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 Church can never be exempted from practising charity as an organized activity of believers, and on the other hand, there will never 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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Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, which utterly upends the implication that some people are not our neighbours. From the response given to this question flows its corollary: In his pain he cried out: First there is the word dodima plural form suggesting a love that is still insecure, indeterminate and searching. In surrounding cultures, the image of God and of the gods ultimately remained unclear and contradictory.

This I can offer them not only through the organizations intended for such purposes, accepting it perhaps as a political necessity.

There are other, similar classifications, such as the distinction between possessive love and oblative love amor concupiscentiae — amor benevolentiaeto which is rncyclical also added love that seeks its own advantage. The Second Vatican Council had made this point very clearly: The more we do for others, the more we understand and can appropriate the words of Christ: