This Christian vision of love includes ecstasy as an ongoing exodus from inward-looking self towards its liberation in self-giving and discovery of God’s love.
The Church’s social teaching, starting with Rerum Novarum (Leo XIII), persistently tackled social issues and developed comprehensive principles that set the bench mark for justice.
Eros and Agape are mutually connected. Even if eros is mainly desire, in being drawn the other is becoming less and less centred on him/her self, but seeks the happiness in being for the other. It is then the higher element of agape transforming eros.
Politics is not the responsibility of the Church, nor does it seek powers in its social doctrines. The Church makes its distinctive contribution towards integral human development and justice for all. Politics and justice cannot provide the need of a suffering person – but personal loving concern can.
In Jesus, Incarnate Love, the eros–agape dialectic reaches its most radical form – giving himself to save and raise mankind. The Eucharist involves making us ‘one body’ in his dynamic self-giving. In him love of God and Neighbour are truly untied. Love is no longer a precept but an invitation because God chooses to love us.
With globalisation, concern for others transcends all boundaries. New forms of charitable networks have emerged and the Church still keeps its distinctive character:
- Based on a personal Christ encounter
- Respond in love where love is needed
- Sole motivation – Love
Charity depends on our encounter with Christ whom we follow so as not to despair or be lost in pure activism.
Finally the Holy Father draws our attention to the saints, including Mary the Mother of God, for affirmation. They are outstanding not because of what they have done for God, but because they willingly allowed God to work in their lives.
Personal Home Work
My identity and purpose in life lies in God’s love. I came into being me not because I am good, successful, or obedient. I came into being simply because God loves me. I truly exist out of God’s unconditional love.
My existence, my marriage and family life are the clearest sign that God loves me. Thus, I praise and thank him because he who is mighty has done great things to me!