God Is Love
God Is Love

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134041 

SKU/EAN 
9780819831064  

ISBN 
0819831069  

Author 
Pope Benedict XVI 

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Pauline Books & Media 

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$6.95 

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Deus Caritatis Est. Pope Benedict's first encyclical seeks to show the place of love in the life of the Church. Pope Benedict XVI helps to clarify the meaning of love. He examines the nature of various kinds of love – human love and divine love, eros, friendship, and charity. He writes beautifully and inspirationally that we were made for love by the God who is love, the God who became one of us out of love, Jesus Christ. Benedict insists that we must take up the word love, which has been so abused, and purify it, showing how faith in this love might transforms us.

In an age in which "hostility and greed have become superpowers," and in which religion has been abused "to the point of culminating in hatred," the burden of the encyclical is to show that on its own a neutral rationality can no longer protect us; that we need the God who has loved us unto death. This Love has a human face and a human heart.

In the second part, Benedict links the Church's charitable work with the love of the Trinitarian God, stating that the charitable activity of the Church and her works of justice express love. An excellent reflection for both religious and civic leaders, those involved in ministry and those preparing for marriage.

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