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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This is the subject of Part I.

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So God forms woman from the rib of man. Benedict rejects both Marxist arguments that the poor “do not need charity but justice”, and the merger of church and state functions theocracy ; rather, he encourages cooperation between the church, the state, and other Christian charitable organizations.

In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: Such a teaching infallibly leads to the discovery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the masterpiece of this Love. In surrounding cultures, the image of God and of the gods ultimately remained unclear and contradictory. Only my readiness to encounter my neighbour and to show him love makes me sensitive catitas God as well.

In this regard, Marxism saw world revolution and its preliminaries as the xaritas for the social problem, a dream that has faded in the encycilcal.

Latin Church Eastern Catholic Churches: He provides the Introduction and has some important questions to ask in an article of his own. Consequently, the best defence of God and man consists precisely in love. In the example of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta we have a clear illustration of the fact that time devoted to God in prayer not only does not detract from effective and loving service to our neighbour but is in fact the inexhaustible source of that service.

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Here Christians can see a dim prefigurement of the mystery of the Cross: Love of God and love of neighbour are now truly united: Christ took the lowest place in the world—the Cross—and by this radical humility he redeemed us and constantly comes to our aid.

The Encyclical is divided into two main parts. The rise of modern industry caused the old social structures to collapse, while the growth of a class of salaried workers provoked radical changes in the fabric of society.

Sulpicius Severus, Vita Sancti Martini3, Photos on Flick r. 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. He legter come to me and come to me in this hour. On Jesus Christ and the dignity his redemption brings to the human race. Catholicism portal Book Category. Closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God. These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable.

From Sncyclical, the free encyclopedia. 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. This would seem to be the very epitome of love; all other kinds of love immediately seem to fade in comparison. This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly. We should continue asking this question in prayerful dialogue before his face: These duties presuppose one another and are inseparable.


We recognize that we are not acting on the basis of any superiority or greater personal efficiency, but because the Lord has graciously enabled us to do so.

The distinctiveness of the Church’s charitable activity Nobody would have dreamed of denying that fellow Jews were neighbours who should be loved as they love themselves.

It recognizes that it is not the Church’s responsibility to make this teaching prevail in political life. For a quite simple reason: God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love. This encyclical therefore could have been divided into three parts: Leter, hope and charity go together.

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

Summary of Deus Caritas Est

For other uses, see Deus caritas est disambiguation. John of the Cross teaches. This is not only because it is bestowed in a completely gratuitous manner, without any previous merit, but also because it is love which forgives. We can thus understand how agape also became a term for the Eucharist: