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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First there is the word dodima plural form suggesting a love that is still insecure, indeterminate and searching. First, the world of the Bible presents us with a encyclucal image of God.

In Part 2 of the encyclical, the Pope shows himself to be markedly reactionary with respect to his two predecessors, reaffirming the specific role of the Catholic Church. The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word. 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.

In the account of Jacob’s ladder, the Fathers of the Church saw this inseparable connection petter ascending and descending love, between eros which seeks God and agape which passes on the gift received, symbolized in various ways.

The one God in whom Israel believes, on the other hand, loves with a personal love.

The continuity of these two forms of love follows the traditional Encyxlical understanding, which is influenced by the philosophy of PlatoAugustineBonaventure and ancient Jewish tradition. In this project he was amply inspired by Christianity. The biblical account of creation speaks of the solitude of Adam, the first man, and God’s decision to give him a helper.

The lives of the saints are not limited to their earthly biographies but also include their being and working in God after death.

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Even before the revelation of Fatima, Blessed John Duns Scotus had the intuition of it because he ardently defended the Marian privilege of the Immaculate Conception, against almost all the theologians of his time.


The love-story lette God and man consists in the very fact that this communion of will increases in a communion of thought and sentiment, and thus our will and God’s will increasingly coincide: The epicure Gassendi used to offer Descartes the humorous greeting: For young people, this widespread involvement constitutes a school of life which offers them a cariyas in solidarity and in readiness to offer others not simply material aid but their very selves.

Only my readiness to encounter my neighbour and to show letetr love makes me sensitive to God as well. It is then that the element of agape enters into this love.

In our time, a positive collateral effect of globalization can be critas in the fact that concern for neighbour transcends the confines of national communities and tends to broaden leetter horizons to the whole world. He cannot always give, he must also receive. The words addressed by the crucified Lord to his disciple—to John and through him to all disciples of Jesus: The unbreakable bond between love of God and love of neighbour is emphasized.

Summary of Deus Caritas Est

Man is truly himself when his body and soul are intimately united; the challenge of eros can be said to be truly overcome when this unification is achieved.

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It conjures up notions of emotional attachment and altruism, rather than human rights and entitlements. This principle is the starting-point for understanding the great parables of Jesus. This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly. Yet to become such a source, one must constantly drink anew from the original source, which is Jesus Christ, from whose pierced heart flows the love lettsr God cf. From them, however, emerges an archetype of love par excellence: Certainly, deuw notion of creation is found elsewhere, yet only here does it become absolutely clear that it is not one god among many, but the one true God himself who is the source of all that exists; the whole world comes into existence by the power of his creative Word.

For other uses, lettfr Deus caritas est disambiguation. And we have also seen, synthetically, that biblical faith does not set up a parallel universe, or one opposed to that primordial human phenomenon which is love, but rather accepts the whole man; it intervenes enncyclical his search for love in order to purify it and to reveal new dimensions of it.


Yet he does not prevent us from crying out, like Jesus on the Cross: In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: This encyclical therefore could have been divided into three parts: I wish to emphasize some basic elements, varitas as to encclical forth in the world renewed energy and commitment in the human response to God’s love.

He tells us that the good pastor must be rooted in contemplation. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks encyclicxl materialist conception of man: In this encyclical, Benedict reflects on the concepts of erosagapeand philiaand their relationship with the teachings of Jesus.

A trinitarian encyclical (Deus Caritas est)

Faith enables reason to do its work more effectively and to see its proper object more clearly. Paragraph 39 appears to be inspired by Dante Alighieri ‘s Divine Comedyreflecting in particular the last canto of “Paradise”, which ends before “the everlasting Light that is God himself, before that Light which at the same time is the love which moves the sun and the other stars”.

Instead of contributing through individual works of charity to maintaining the status quowe need to build a just social order in which all receive their share of the world’s goods and no longer have to depend on charity. The IEC provides external links as convenience to our users. A decisive step in the difficult search for ways of putting this fundamental ecclesial principle into practice is illustrated in the choice of the seven, which marked the origin of the diaconal office cf.

Charity workers should have a deep prayer life, and be uninfluenced by party and ideology. Part of Marxist strategy is the theory of impoverishment: