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God Is Love (Deus Caritas Est) (Benedict XVI) Paperback – February 10, 2006
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Benedict divides "God Is Love" into two parts. The first, and most difficult, section involves a theoretical discussion on the various aspects of love. According to the pontiff, there is two of major importance. The first, eros, is a grand, soaring love that has little to do with giving of oneself. Agape, the second form of love, is more contemplative and grounded, a love that is more concerned with giving than receiving. Both forms of love are healthy and good in and of themselves, but Benedict admonishes the modern tendency to embrace eros as it pertains to bodily pleasures.Read more ›
In what amounts to a two-for-one, Part II is a brilliant exposition of true acts of charity and the proper, complementary, yet distinctive roles of the Church and the State.
This is a true catholic (universal) letter of Love.
Pope Benedict relates well the relationship between manifestation of Christian love and the Eucharist. Since we are all united in the one bread in Christ, then each individual is in a sense owed the same love as we owe to Christ. In effect, we cannot love God without a true kinosis or outpouring of ourselves for our neighbor manifested in a concrete form. In this way the dichotomy between eros and agape that is an effect of the worlds worship of the flesh is eliminated and true incarnational salvation is brought about.
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Really great work by Former Pope Benedict. Short, sweet and to the point. Very enlightening.Published 2 months ago by Omar Vazquez
Totally inspiring!! To know how much God loves each of us awakens something in all of us. Must read.Published 4 months ago by Patrick S. Collins
How can you go wrong with B16? Such a wonderful man who really understands man and God. A must read.Published 12 months ago by zuzu madanat
This is a beautiful book. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to grow in their faith life.Published 18 months ago by Jacquelin G Bates
Pope Benedict knows what's up about life. I'll be reading more of his works soon. Glad to have been introduced to this encyclical.Published 21 months ago by Annie
brilliant analysis of what love is, how God sends love, how to achieve love and caritas! Pope Benedict is a mystical genius!Published on July 9, 2013 by kathryn sperrazzo
Perhaps the most important encyclical of the 21st Century as it defines the Church. This is the Church as it should be known. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Gregory Stone
This small book (Benedict's first Encyclical) is a wonderful example of Benedict's vocation as a scholar. It is both a pleasure to read and to understand. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Phillip C. Spurgeon
This is surely the most beautiful encyclical written during the Pontificate of Benedict XVI. It explores the nature of God as love, and the different levels or depths of human and... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Eugene S.