Amoris Laetitia 109: Love Rejoices With Others

amoris laetitia memeWatching injustice, and celebrating it: like Catholics don’t know about that.

109. The expression chaírei epì te adikía has to do with a negativity lurking deep within a person’s heart. It is the toxic attitude of those who rejoice at seeing an injustice done to others. The following phrase expresses its opposite: sygchaírei te aletheía: “it rejoices in the right”.

This experience is a grace, I’m convinced. Authentic love opens and widens the heart. One wishes others genuinely similar experiences. A priest I once worked with included this theme in his wedding homilies: authentic love widens one’s perspective to include children, one’s community, the poor and needy. Jealous love closes down a life.

In other words, we rejoice at the good of others when we see their dignity and value their abilities and good works. This is impossible for those who must always be comparing and competing, even with their spouse, so that they secretly rejoice in their failures.

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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