Thank You, Holy Father

As Pope Benedict XVI ends his pontificate, Catholic Relief Services offers our thanks for his years of Church leadership, and particularly the gift of his encyclicals, Deus Caritas Est and Caritas in Veritate. The profound teaching in these two papal documents have inspired the staff of CRS as we carry out our mission of service to our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world. Two important insights stand out:

o   Charity is love received and given. It is “grace” (cháris). Its source is the wellspring of the Father’s love for the Son, in the Holy Spirit. Love comes down to us from the Son. It is creative love, through which we have our being; it is redemptive love, through which we are recreated. Love is revealed and made present by Christ (cf. Jn 13:1) and “poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom 5:5). As the objects of God’s love, men and women become subjects of charity, they are called to make themselves instruments of grace, so as to pour forth God’s charity and to weave networks of charity. This dynamic of charity received and given is what gives rise to the Church’s social teaching, which is caritas in veritate in re sociali: the proclamation of the truth of Christ’s love in society. (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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