The Building of a Civilization of Love

The third area of commitment that comes with love is that of daily life with its multiple relationships. I am particularly referring to family, studies, work and free time. Dear young friends, cultivate your talents, not only to obtain a social position, but also to help others to “grow”. Develop your capacities, not only in order to become more “competitive” and “productive”, but to be “witnesses of charity”. In addition to your professional training, also make an effort to acquire religious knowledge that will help you to carry out your mission in a responsible way. In particular, I invite you to carefully study the social doctrine of the Church so that its principles may inspire and guide your action in the world. May the Holy Spirit make you creative in charity, persevering in your commitments, and brave in your initiatives, so that you will be able to offer your contribution to the building up of the “civilisation of love”. The horizon of love is truly boundless: it is the whole world!

- Pope Benedict XVI, WYD 2007 MESSAGE, Growing in love each day

3:12. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
3:13. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: Forgetting the things that are behind and stretching forth myself to those that are before,
3:14. I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus.

-St. Paul to Philippians

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Salvation Outside the Church!

Salvation is linked to Love, because Sin is anything that goes against Love. This explains in part why I draw fromt the Church while meditating on Love. But also, you may have noticed that this blog is very catholic. You are probably wondering whether I am not forgetting or being unfair to non-catholics or non-christians who also, since there are human, do love.
I am not using catholicism simply because I am catholic, but also because it is hard or impossible for me to try to illustrate this 'civilization' without using catholicism. I hope I could explain it better. I guess I will be explaining at any given occasion.

For now. Here is an article which explains how we, catholic see God, Love, Christ, and the Church and Salvation . It concludes like this:

Catholics do not say, and never have said, that they are the sole
possessors of revelation. Indeed, the Church does not “possess” revelation at
all. Revelation possesses her; and that revelation, who is Christ, has, she
teaches, committed Himself fully to her. “God,” said the great Protestant writer
George MacDonald, “is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.” On the one hand, God
is delighted when the most miserable sinner takes the smallest serious step
toward the love of God and neighbor. On the other hand, He will not be
completely happy until every last person He came to save is completely perfected
in the image of Christ and overflowing with perfect love for God and neighbor.
This same pattern is supremely evident in the Catholic Church’s understanding of
her relationship with her members, whether in full or very imperfect communion.
For the Church is happy to recognize even the smallest commonalities she may
share, not only with other Christians, but even with non-Christian religious
traditions and the great philosophical traditions of paganism. The Church can
even find things to affirm in virtuous atheists. But at the same time, the
Church is acutely aware that there is a real difference between imperfect and
perfect unity and so she, too—easy to please, but hard to satisfy—labors toward
that day when all the members of the Body of Christ will be perfected in faith,
hope, and love.
Till that day, we know where the Church is; we do not know
where she is not.
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