The beauty of nature is just one way that God calls us to virtue and self-donation, displaying his incomparable artistry for our edification. He calls us to follow his example as best we can, relying on his grace to buoy and inspire us, to use ourselves for the good of others by expressing our own lives beautifully and generously. The loveliness all around us has a genuine sacramentality, which means that in a very real and intentional way, beauty speaks to us of God’s presence.
Second Vatican Council, 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church (1962–65), announced by Pope John XXIII on Jan. 25, 1959, as a means of spiritual renewal for the church and as an occasion for Christians separated from Rome to join in search for reunion. Preparatory commissions appointed by the Pope prepared an agenda and produced drafts (schemata) of decrees on various topics. In opening the council on Oct. 11, 1962, the Pope advised the council fathers to try to meet the pastoral needs of the church. Those summoned to the council included all Catholic bishops and certain other church dignitaries. Invited to the council sessions, but without the right to vote, were a number of observers from the major Christian churches and communities separated from Rome and a number of Catholics called auditors.
For us Christians, love of neighbor springs from love of God; and it is its most limpid expression. Here one tries to love one’s neighbor, but also to allow oneself to be loved by one’s neighbor. These two attitudes go together, one cannot be exercised without the other. “as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
Loving God in our brethren and loving our brethren in God.
(1) ( messages from pope Francis)
To Heal the Breach Between the Rich and the Poor, it is Necessary to Distinguish Between Justice and Charity. - St. Pius X
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