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To love
 


Human logic, often seeks self-realization in power, dominion, in powerful means. The incarnation and the cross, remind us that full realization is found in conforming our human will to the Father, in the emptying of oneís selfishness; to be filled with love, Godís charity - and thus truly become able to love others.

 
General Audience
Paul VI Hall, Vatican City
27 June 2012

 
 
 
To love
 


Practicing charity in truth helps people to understand that adhering to the values of Christianity is not merely useful but essential for building a good society and for true integral human development.

 
Caritas in Veritate
Encyclical Letter

 
 
 
To love
 


Love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable and are mutually related. Jesus did not invent one or the other but revealed that they are essentially a single commandment and did so not only through the Word, but especially with his testimony: the person of Jesus and his whole Mystery embody the unity of love of God and neighbor, like the two arms of the Cross, vertical and horizontal.

 
Angelus Address

St Peter's Square 

4 November 2012

 
 
 
To love
 


Anyone who wishes to give love must also receive love as a gift. Certainly, as the Lord tells us, one can become a source from which rivers of living water flow (cf. Jn 7:37-38). Yet to become such a source, one must constantly drink anew from the original source, which is Jesus Christ, from whose pierced heart flows the love of God (cf. Jn 19:34).

 
DEUS CARITAS EST
Encyclical Letter

 
 
 
To love
 


True love is expressed in acts that exclude no one, after the example of the Good Samaritan, who with openness of heart, helped a stranger in difficulty, whom he had met 'by chance' along the way.

 
Homily
Basilica of St. Sabina, Rome
10 March 2006

 
 
 
To love
 


Love is the only thing that can fill hearts and bring people together. God is love. When we forget God, we lose hope and become unable to love others. That is why it is so necessary to testify to Godís presence so that others can experience it. The salvation of humanity depends on this, as well as the salvation of each of us.

 
Message for 28th WYD
The Vatican
18 October 2012

 
 
 
To love
 


Martyrdom can be understood in a broad sense, as love for Christ without reserves, love that is expressed in the total gift of oneself to God and to neighbor.

 
Angelus Address
St Peter's Square 

1 November 2008

 
 
 
To love
 


The Church, who is mother and teacher, calls on all of her members to renew their spirit, to reorient themselves toward God, renouncing pride and selfishness in order to live in love.

 
Angelus Address
St. Peter's Square
17 February 2013

 

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