Friday 22 February 2013

Charity cannot exclude anyone

Don Paolo Carlotti, vice-dean of the Faculty of Theology, said the mass this morning on the Feast of the See of St Peter. He spoke about the Pope presiding over the church in charity, and went on to say that charity is inclusive. A charity that excludes anyone is no longer charity. This is a thought I agree with completely: love is, in itself, all-inclusive. Anything less is really less than love, or perhaps no love at all. But Carlotti was probably thinking of the ministry of Peter, a ministry that is profoundly linked to the unity of the Church - in love. A prayer!

And then he spoke of thanksgiving: thanksgiving to God for the gift of Benedict XVI to the church, and thanksgiving also to Benedict XVI himself, for the wonderful example of meekness and humility in speaking the truth. I thought, that is particularly apt: a great example of the ability to speak the truth in humility. "Speaking the truth in love," as St Paul says.

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