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ENCYCLICAL LETTER DEUS CARITAS EST PDF

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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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: Considering all the goods of the earth: But both live from the love of God who has loved us first.

Those who are in a position to help others will realize that in doing so they themselves receive help; being able to help others is no merit or achievement of their own. The pious Jew prayed daily the words of the Book of Deuteronomy which expressed the heart of his existence: 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.

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

We are publishing our translation in full, caritae by our commentary. Emblem of the Holy See. When Jesus speaks in his parables of the shepherd who goes after the lost sheep, of the woman who looks for the lost coin, of the father who goes to meet and embrace his prodigal son, these are no mere words: It is then that the element of agape enters into this love.

Purification and growth in maturity are called for; and these also pass through the path of renunciation. But is this the case? We can thus understand how agape also became a term for the Eucharist: Sulpicius Severus, Vita Sancti Martini3, Love of neighbour is thus shown to be possible in the way proclaimed by the Bible, by Jesus. Yet, while professional competence is a primary, fundamental requirement, it is not of itself sufficient.

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As a result, love of neighbour will no longer be for them a commandment imposed, so to speak, from without, but a consequence deriving from their faith, a faith which becomes active through love cf.

Eros and agape are two of the various Greek words for loveeach of which has a slightly different shade of meaning: As a result, it is too inhuman not to alarm, to terrorise, to put off souls, to freeze the hearts of believers themselves. He cannot always give, he must also receive. There are no intermediate bodies.

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The epicure Gassendi used to offer Descartes the humorous greeting: This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly. From the critas given to this question flows its corollary: Anyone who wishes to give love must also receive love as a gift.

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The Church has the duty to interpret ever anew this relationship between near and far with regard to the actual daily life of her members. Benedict XVI does not seem to envisage this possibility that is however the reality of which Catholic works are the victim today, almost everywhere in the world.

In the sst, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: W HAT is God?

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The ancient world had dimly perceived that lettfr real food—what truly nourishes him as man—is ultimately the Logoseternal wisdom: Only if I serve my neighbour can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he loves me. How could it be otherwise? Here one might detect hints of ideas that are also found, for example, in the myth mentioned by Plato, according to which man was originally spherical, because he was complete in himself and self-sufficient.