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, August 2, 2007

“Let us… persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Heb 12:1-2).

Word of life for the month of August 2007 by the Focolare movement

Fabio Ciardi and Gabriella Fallacara

The life of Christians, to whom the
letter to the Hebrews is addressed, is often marked by trials and sufferings. At
times we are tempted to become discouraged and say, “Why not choose an easier
way? Why not give up?” The author of this writing invites us, instead, to
continue on the road we have undertaken: it is difficult and costly, but it is
the way of the Gospel and that way leads to fullness of life. In fact, he urges
Christians to run and to stay on course even when they feel the weight of
suffering. We who decide to follow Jesus must do as every athlete does—in order
to reach the goal, we need to have perseverance, that is, stamina, the capacity
to stay the course, which comes from the conviction that God is with us and from
our determination to make it. Above all, we are asked to keep our eyes focused
on Jesus, who forged the way for us and is our guide. Jesus on the cross,
especially when he felt abandoned by the Father, is the model of courage, of
perseverance, of endurance: he remained steadfast when he was tested and he even
abandoned himself into the hands of that God whom he felt had abandoned him (see
Lk 23:46; Mk 15:34).

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