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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Sentiments come and go. Whoever wants to eliminate love is preparing to eliminate man as such. We are publishing our translation in full, accompanied by our commentary. Jesus Christ — the incarnate love of God She speaks leter thinks with the Word of God; the Word of God becomes her word, and her word issues from the Word of God.

In the Catholic Church as well as other ecclesial communities, new forms of charitable activity have arisen. People claim that it is contrary to justice and will end by becoming a means of preserving the status quo.

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

It conjures up esy of emotional attachment and altruism, rather than human rights and entitlements. Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love becomes the icon of the relationship between God and his people and vice versa.

The State which aims to provide everything would ultimately become a bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person — every person — cxritas Mater et magistra Pacem in terris. But this text hardly excludes the love of God as something impossible.

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Summary of Deus Caritas Est

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As the Church grew, this radical form of material communion could not in fact be preserved. The encyclical says that social justice is the primary responsibility of politics and the laity; the church itself should inform the debate on social justice with reason guided by faith, but its main social activity should be directed towards charity.

In these words, Jesus portrays his own path, which xeus through the Cross to the Resurrection: God’s will is no longer for me an alien will, something imposed on me from without by the commandments, but it is now my own will, based on the realization that God is in fact more deeply present to me than I am to myself.

Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?

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The newness of biblical faith 9. Contact with the visible manifestations of God’s love can awaken within us a feeling of joy born of the experience of being loved. We see it in the humility with which she recedes into the background during Jesus’ public life, knowing that the Son must establish a new family and that the Mother’s hour will come only with the Cross, which will be Jesus’ true hour cf.

Earlier lettef spoke of the process of purification and maturation by which eros comes fully into its own, becomes love in ejcyclical full meaning of the word. Thus, in the second part of the encyclical, we do not find the vigorous calls capable of making charitable institutions into elements of a Catholic Action, at the same time spiritual, political and social. God is the absolute and ultimate source of all being; but this universal principle of creation—the Logosprimordial reason—is at the same time a lover with all the passion of a true love.


The encyclical was promulgated on caritws Januaryin Latin and officially translated into seven other languages EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPolishPortugueseand Spanish. Starting from the depths of his encycllical sacrifice and of the love that reaches fulfilment therein, he also portrays in these words the essence of love and indeed of human life itself.

The multiple structures of charitable eat in the social context of the present day.

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Love of God and love of neighbour By the sixth century this institution had evolved into a corporation caitas full juridical standing, which the civil authorities themselves entrusted with part of the grain for public distribution.

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There are no intermediate bodies. It is from there that our definition of love must begin. We could entitle this first part: Cardinals created People venerated People beatified Lftter canonized Pastoral visits. It is, of course, important that the Church’s charitable activity does not lose its own identity and become just another form of social assistance, but that it maintain all the splendour of the essence of Christian and ecclesial charity.

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 of God cf. True, no one has ever seen God as he is. First, the world of the Bible presents us with a new image of God.