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Thursday, May 3, 2007

God is Love

After consulting with Mary about this blog for her month of May, I decided to reflect on Deus Caritas Est, the First Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI. It is written for everyone and is on Christian Love. It begins:
"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him" (1 Jn 4:16)

These words express the heart of the Christian faith: both the Christian image of God and the resulting image of us abiding in God. The Pope says that St. John offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: "We have come to know and believe in the love God has for us."

Have I an unshakable conviction in God's love for us? Am I aware, really aware, of God's presence in me and in everyone? Do I truly abide in God? These are fundamental questions to reflect on today as we come to the half-way mark of the Easter season. Only 25 days left before Pentecost so let us serve God in joy. Alleluia! God is love! Alleluia, alleluia!

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