Friday, September 01, 2006

Roman wisdom

Back on July 20, I wrote about Frustrating love. Well, it seems that I'm not the only person who has been contemplating the depths, heights, and meaning of the most powerful of human emotions.

Consider the following -- and while you're reading, try to guess who's writing.
“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 Jn 4:16). These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny. In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”.

We have come to believe in God's love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. 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. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should ... have eternal life” (3:16).

Profound words, with much wisdom and insight. And inspiration, too. Who wrote it? None other than His Holiness, Benedict XVI. It is one quotation from a long article that is half sermon, half theological exploration called Deus caritas est.

I wholeheartedly recommend you read it all.


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