Tarry for the Nonce

February 28, 2006

Deus Caritas Est

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 6:54 pm

I wish I had been mature enough to understand Monsignor Robert Sokolowski‘s homilies when I was little:

It would be hard to say that “God is love” apart from the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Even if one were to think that the deity is benevolent, one could still not say that it is love. That sort of divine love would be relative and not substantial in the deity.

Only because the Father gives everything to the Son, and because the Son and Father express their love in the Holy Spirit, can one say, with St. John, that God is love. I don’t see how such an understanding of God could have arisen in philosophical thinking.

(Hat tip to Janice Walker.)

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