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

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

“Proclaim the word…”

Word of life of this month from the focolare movement. Click on the link to read the full document.

“Proclaim the word…”

How should we live this Word of Life and proclaim the gospel even during brief
encounters? How can we share it with everyone?We can do this by loving each
person, without exception.If we are real Christians, living what the Gospel
teaches, our words will not be empty rhetoric.Our proclamation will be even more
clear if we know how to bear witness to the heart of the Gospel—unity among
us—knowing that “this is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you
have love for one another" (Jn 13:33).This is the uniform that ordinary
Christians, men and women, married and single, adults and children, the sick and
the healthy, can wear always and wherever they are, in order to give witness
with their lives to the One they believe in, to the One they want to love.

By Chiara Lubich

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