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

Sunday, June 10, 2007

“The Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth.”

The Focolare World of Life of June guides us in a meditation about the mystery of Truth. Always inspiring and conforting:

The Gospel attracts people with its words of truth. In it,
the one who said, “I am the Truth” (Jn 13:6), speaks to us. He opens before us
the infinite mystery of God and makes us understand his plan of love for
humanity: his gift is the Truth.But the Truth has the infinite depth of mystery.
How can we understand and live it fully? Jesus himself knows that we are not
able to bear its “weight.” This is why during his last supper with his
disciples, before returning to the Father, he promised to send his own Spirit so
that he would be the one to explain his words to us and help us live them out.

«The Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth»

The community of
believers knows the truth because they live with Jesus. At the same time, they
are also on a journey toward “the fullness of truth,” under the sure guidance of
the Spirit.The history of the Church can be read as the history of the gradual
and increasingly deeper understanding of the mystery of Jesus and his Word. The
Spirit leads it along this journey in many ways: “through the contemplation and
study of believers,” through the charisms of saints, through the Teaching of the
Church (See Dei Verbum, 8).The Spirit also speaks in the hearts of all
believers, where he dwells, making his voice heard. Time after time, he suggests
that we forgive, serve, give and love. He instructs us on what is good and what
is evil. He reminds us to live the Word of Life that the Gospel sows in us month
after month......

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