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I believe that the answer to this is something related to the narrative's approach. We can infer from what we know about the godhead, that the Son loves the Father, but the focus in the gospels narrative is not that, the focus is that the Father loves the Son, then, the Son loves us and the Son obey the Father. I'll try to examplify this with some text. ...


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From the Recapitulatio of Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s De Virtutibus Theologicis (p. 20), a commentary on St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica II-II, he gives the following categorization of the virtues (virtutes), following the organization of St. Thomas's treatment of the virtues in his Summa: Here's a rough translation: The Virtues ...


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The commonly held understanding is partially correct, but overstated. In reality, the semantic range of the words is broader. Agape It is true that the words ἀγαπάω (agapaó) and ἀγάπη (agapé) came to mean something like "the highest form of love," but this was primarily due later Christian usage of the term. At the time of the New Testament's writing, ...


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We are not quite sure how our affectivity (emotions, passions, and so on) will work in Heaven before the General Resurrection, however the Church teaches dogmatically that all human beings will receive their bodies at the General Judgment. As the Nicene-Constantopolitan Creed (the one said at Mass nearly every Sunday) says I look forward to the ...


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John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 8:16-17: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas defines love (amor) as something that "belongs to the appetitive [spec., concupiscible] power which is a passive faculty" (Summa Theologica I-II q. 27 a. 1 c.). "Love (amor) is something pertaining to the appetite". (ibid. I-II q. 26 a. 1 c.)"Passion is the effect of the agent on the patient." (ibid. I-II q. 26 a. 2 c.) A sensitive ...


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John 14 (NIV) says this: Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These ...


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The Catechism says God's love for Israel is compared to a father's love for his son. His love for his people is stronger than a mother's for her children. God loves his people more than a bridegroom his beloved; his love will be victorious over even the worst infidelities and will extend to his most precious gift: "God so loved the world that he gave ...


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The Original Poster raises a number of related questions, which have to do with the nature of love and how that applies to human relationships (in particular when they are abusive). From the outset, it is important to note, as freethinker26 states, that the Catholic Church does not condone or otherwise encourage abusive relationships. In reality, such ...


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Do our fallen, finite nature and our relationship with God set us up for abusive relationships in this life? According to the Catholic Church, yes it does predispose people for suffering and thus for abuse and abusive relationships. Man sinned, and by doing so forfeited the four-fold harmony by which he was protected from suffering and death. Some ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas answers this question in his Summa Theologica I q. 20 a. 3 ("Whether God loves all things equally?") c., making a twofold distinction: Since to love a thing is to will it good, in a twofold way anything may be loved more, or less. In one way on the part of the act of the will itself, which is more or less intense. In this way ...


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The first thought that came to my mind regarding this is a quote by English writer G. K. Chesterton: The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; ...


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Here I try to answer your question Why does God love us?. First, God is Himself the love. Indeed, we read it in I John 4:8: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. But what is the description of love under God's viewpoint? See I Corinthians 13:4-7: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ...


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Does agape contain affection for others whom the agape is directed to? Short answer: Yes(it can, but it does not seem to be required to). Discussion Definition: Agape (Ancient Greek: ἀγάπη) is "love: the highest form of love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God." The Catholic teaching on Charity. The catholic teaching is that agape/...


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Yes, I believe God does have genuine affection for us individually. Remember, the word affection has to do with affect, or emotion. To be affected by someone is to have one's emotions stirred in some way, be it in a positive or negative way. Besides its use as a verb, the word affect can also be used as a noun: His affect was remarkably subdued. To ...


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Yes, prudence is #1. The rest flow from it, knowing what is right and choosing to do it is the basis for the other 3 virtues. This what is taught in the 8th Grade Faith and Life series textbooks distributed by Ignatius Press. I don't know what catechetical reference there is for it and I don't have the textbook any more. But it expands on how the ...


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St. Thomas defines charity--supernatural love--as a love of friendship. In Deus Caritas Est Pope Benedict XVI was careful to note that all three loves, including eros, are included in the Christian's relationship to God. He begins the first part of the encyclical: PART I THE UNITY OF LOVE IN CREATION AND IN SALVATION HISTORY A problem of ...


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The answer to your question is actually very simple. In the Bible there are 2 MAIN kinds of the Fear of the Lord. There is an unholy fear of God that makes a person to run away from God and there is a Holy Fear of God that makes a person run to God. Learning to distinguish between a Fear that you must have and a fear that you MUST NOT have is 1 of the ...


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The theory makes sense provided elsewhere here that Christ included two translations combining Septuagint's translation of a Greek word connoting "mind" as a more direct gloss for the actual hebrew word... However, under this theory from an OT professor "mind" would be better as being included as part of "soul" in these overlapping contexts to justify even ...


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It may not be the only "purpose of life", but it's one of the things that we get to do. "15 The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it." -- Genesis 2:15 (NET) from: https://lumina.bible.org/bible/Genesis+2 Jesus gives us additional purposes of life in the Gospels: “37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the ...


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Wikipedia gives a brief overview of how the commandment has generally been seen as "new." It accords with what I've heard through the years: The "New Commandment", the Wycliffe Bible Commentary states, "was new in that the love was to be exercised toward others not because they belonged to the same nation, but because they belonged to Christ...and the ...


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Yes. We are commanded to love even our enemies, and specifically to care for our parents. This is a primary way in which we put our faith into practice, and people who neglect their parents cannot persist in the faith. In 1 Timothy 5:3-8, Paul is instructing a young pastor in caring for elderly widows in the Church. Give proper recognition to those ...



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