The new commandment of love.

“The new commandment of love”
Jesus Our Lord loved men so much that he became incarnate, took to himself our nature, and lived in daily contact with the poor and the rich, with the just and with sinners, with young and old, with Gentiles and Jews. He spoke to everyone: to those who showed good will towards him, and to those who were only looking for a way to twist his words and condemn him. You should try to act as Our Lord did. (The Forge, 558)



It is easy to understand the impatience, anxiety and uneasiness of people whose naturally christian soul stimulates them to fight the personal and social injustice which the human heart can create. So many centuries of men living side by side and still so much hate, so much destruction, so much fanaticism stored up in eyes that do not want to see and in hearts that do not want to love!



The good things of the earth, monopolized by a handful of people; the culture of the world, confined to cliques. And, on the outside, hunger for bread and education. Human lives — holy, because they come from God — treated as mere things, as statistics. I understand and share this impatience. It stirs me to look at Christ, who is continually inviting us to put his new commandment of love into practice.



We must learn to recognize Christ when he comes out to meet us in our brothers, the people around us. No human life is ever isolated. It is bound up with other lives. No man or woman is a single verse; we all make up one divine poem which God writes with the cooperation of our freedom. (Christ is passing by, 111)

God is Love

Deus caritas est.

Why say it again? Because God speaks Latin?

God can speak any language He wants to.  I'm missing your point???

I wasn't making a point -- I was asking a question. Someone typed something. You did again, in a different language. I was just wondering why. Is it more powerful or talismanic? Is there someone here who doesn't read English but does read Latin? Practice? I'm simply curious.

Oh...sorry, I didn't catch that.  Aaron stated that God Is Love, with is true, and was the topic of Pope Benedict's first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est.  I was just alluding to that...I should have linked to the document to make it a little more clear.

That being said, Latin is natually a superior language.

Only for those who know it! ;-)

emoticons don't always help, I see.

"Human lives -- holy, because they come from God -- treated as mere things, as statistics."

I'm not sure I understand how the fact that human lives "come from God" would make them any more holy than the lives of lizards, frogs, cougars, squid, or any other creature. Didn't those come from God as well? For that matter, if we're to believe that God is the creator of all things, doesn't that mean that EVERYTHING is holy?

"I'm not sure I understand how the fact that human lives "come from God" would make them any more holy than the lives of lizards, frogs, cougars, squid, or any other creature. Didn't those come from God as well? For that matter, if we're to believe that God is the creator of all things, doesn't that mean that EVERYTHING is holy? "

Go back to Genesis...man is the only creature created in the image and likeness of God.  Since God is the epitome of holiness, we too share in that holiness.  No other animals were created in the image and likeness of God, therefore none, other than man, share in that holiness.

When you say "image and likeness," does that mean we were made to physically resemble God?

Personally, with intelligence, emotion, and will.