Christus Vivit 116: Qualities of God’s Love

Another quote from a homily earlier this year:

116. His is “a love that does not overwhelm or oppress, cast aside or reduce to silence, humiliate or domineer. It is the love of the Lord, a daily, discreet and respectful love; a love that is free and freeing, a love that heals and raises up. The love of the Lord has to do more with raising up than knocking down, with reconciling than forbidding, with offering new changes than condemning, with the future than the past”.[Address at the Opening of the XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama (24 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 26 January 2019, 12]

Love is focused on the other. Perhaps some people–and not just youngsters–focus on love in terms of what it can give them. On  one hand it is right not to want to be overwhelmed or oppressed. On the other, it might be a situation where true and authentic love must be something offered to others. Like a training ground for aligning ourselves more closely to the love of Christ. Few of us are willing to be tortured and killed for people who oppose what we stand for. So it’s up to us to do the best we can with individuals we find in our path.

Any comments? Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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