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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Contact with the visible manifestations of God’s love can awaken within us a feeling of joy born of the experience of being loved. The newness of biblical faith 9.

Faith for a Secular Age, Conor Gearty reflects on the shared vision that links much of human rights discourse with the ideals put forward in Deus caritas est.

The Christian faith was thus definitively discredited in his eyes. For this reason, I wish in my first Encyclical to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others.

Finally, let us consider the saints, who exercised charity in an exemplary way.

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

Taking inspiration from the parable of the Good Shepherd John People of the present are sacrificed to the moloch of the future—a future whose effective realization is at best doubtful.

Surely a presence by means of which esy are told that nevertheless there is meaning 1. This I can offer them not only through the organizations intended for such purposes, accepting it perhaps as a political necessity.

The second part is more concrete, since it treats the ecclesial exercise of the commandment of love of neighbour. First, the world of the Bible presents us with a new image of God. Pope Benedict puts is succinctly: Union with Christ is also union with all those to whom he gives himself.


She cannot and must not replace the State. According to Friedrich Nietzsche, Christianity had poisoned encyclicaowhich for its part, while not completely succumbing, gradually degenerated into vice. Christ took the lowest place in the world—the Cross—and by this radical humility he redeemed us and constantly comes to our aid.

Edt delights us the most is to see love of God given the place of honour in the light of the Franciscan school. It is there that this truth can be contemplated. The words addressed by the crucified Lord to his disciple—to John and through him to all disciples of Jesus: We should continue asking this question in prayerful dialogue before his face: Encycljcal we spoke of the process of purification and maturation by which eros comes fully necyclical its own, becomes love in the full meaning of the word.

Let us note straight away that the Greek Old Testament uses the word eros only twice, while the New Testament does not use it at all: In this encyclical, Benedict reflects on the concepts of erosagapeand philiaand their relationship with the teachings of Jesus.

Summary of Deus Caritas Est

In this way, then, the Emperor confirmed that charity was a decisive feature of the Christian community, the Church. The history of the love-relationship between God and Israel consists, at the deepest level, in the fact that he gives her the Torahthereby opening Israel’s eyes to man’s true nature and showing her the path leading to true humanism. As a believer who in faith thinks with God’s thoughts and wills with God’s will, she cannot fail to be a woman who loves.

One does not make the world more human by refusing to act humanely here and now. In a world in which God’s Name is sometimes linked with revenge or even with hatred and violence, the Christian message of God-Love is very timely.


She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper. Certainly, the 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. In the Old Testament, the novelty of the Bible did not consist merely in abstract notions but in God’s unpredictable and in some sense unprecedented activity.

Contact Us Shop About. In the Catholic Church as well as other ecclesial communities, new forms of charitable activity have arisen. In these new forms, it is often possible to establish a fruitful link between evangelization and works of charity. Retrieved 19 October Charity workers should have a deep prayer life, and be uninfluenced by party and ideology.

Hope is practised through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God’s mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness.

God’s passionate love for his people—for humanity—is at the same time a forgiving love. That love between encyclica, and woman which is neither planned nor willed, but somehow imposes itself upon human beings, was called eros by the ancient Greeks. Mary is a woman of hope: Since the 19th century, a fundamental objection has been raised to the Church’s charitable activity.

From God’s standpoint, faith liberates reason from its blind spots and therefore helps it to be ever more fully itself.