We live in a world of inner sadness. People long to experience the joy of being definitively loved and definitively loving. Evangelization is the communication in words and in life, in prayer and in silence, in action and in suffering, of a love that both embraces man and infinitely surpasses him. It is the communication of joy. This joy is bigger than man because it comes from God. But precisely for that reason, it is the only joy that can satisfy the insatiable hunger of the human heart.
We cannot quiet the question about God in our hearts. We cannot rid ourselves of an insatiable need to love and be loved. We cannot deny that there is something in us that wants us to be human in the most profound sense: to seek truth, to be free, to encounter the beautiful, to be true to our conscience, to love. As three young 20th-century converts help us to see, Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is the only adequate response to this most fundamental of human questions. In revealing to us the God who loves us “to the end,” Jesus reveals to us the full truth about man.
The life of Jesus Christ contains inexhaustible depths. It reveals the God who “so loved the world” (John 3:16) that he would bind himself to his creature forever. And because it shows us our destiny and our salvation, the life of the incarnate Son of God reveals the full truth about man. In the spirit of Mary, who pondered the events of her son’s life in her heart, this booklet seeks to help the reader enter ever more deeply into the “great mystery” of the incarnation.
This introduction to St. John Paul II's catecheses on human love, or "theology of the body," guides the reader through the Pope's groundbreaking teaching on marriage, the family and sexuality in the context of the human person's vocation to love.
What is Christian life really about? God, who in himself is infinite love, life and light, wants to give us his life! He wants us to share in the riches of his own life, in the communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is the foundational truth of Christianity. This is why the first paragraph of the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that in his Son Jesus, God the Father calls men and women “to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.”
The Christian belief that God is a Trinity is not a theory with which we try to explain God. It is the most living truth of the Christian faith, the foundation of everything else we believe and the reason behind everything else that exists. In Jesus Christ, who suffered, died and was raised, God showed himself to us as he really is: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a living dialogue of love. This booklet attempts to reflect on the basic Christian claim that “God is love” (1 John 4:8) – a “communion of eternal love” that invites us into itself, and that is the origin and destiny of every human life.
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