Thursday, June 25, 2009

UGNAYAN - June 2009 Issue


CBCP Monitor
Vol. 13 No. 11

THREE MINUTES A DAY - June 26, 2009

Future Farmers in the Suburbs?

At one time, the membership ranks of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) were filled with farmers’ children.

But as the number of family farms in America dwindles rapidly, so has the number of young people who hope to eventually take over their parents’ farms. To keep up with the times, the non-profit, now called the National FFA Organization, has reached out to urban and suburban centers. Today, more members now come from towns, suburbs and city neighborhoods, including Queens, New York and the South Side of Chicago, than from rural regions.

The appeal? New members, including many minorities, are interested in careers in food science, nutrition, the genetic engineering of food and environmental law.

Whatever stereotypes of farmers may have existed, they certainly have no place today. How can other stereotypes be dispelled?

In passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. (Romans 2:1)

Steer me away from snap judgments, God.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Sunday, June 21, 2009



In 1931, Our Lord appeared to Blessed Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the heart, from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. She gazed intently at the Lord in silence, her soul filled with awe, but also with great joy. Jesus said to her: Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature: Jesus, I trust in Thee . . . I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My Own glory (47, 48) . . . I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in Thee" (327) . . . I desire that this image be vene ated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world (47).

At the request of her spiritual director, Sister Faustina asked the Lord about the meaning of the rays in the image. She heard these words in reply:

The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross . . . Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him (299) . . . By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works (742).

Many different versions of this image have been painted, but Our Lord made it clear that the painting itself is not what is important.

When Saint Faustina first saw the original image that was being painted under her direction, she wept in disappointment and complained to Jesus: "Who will paint You as beautiful as You are?" (313) In answer she heard these words: Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace (313).

So, no matter which version of the image we prefer, we can be assured that it is a vehicle of God's grace if it is revered with trust in His mercy.



Saturday, June 20, 2009



Paul the Priest

The Church calls us from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). So we should not be surprised as the Year of St. Paul comes to a close, that Pope Benedict is preparing us for a “new year.” He has announced a Year of the Priest, which will run from June 19, 2009, to June 19, 2010.

The year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of that very holy parish priest, St. John Marie Vianney, the Cure of Ars. Let us look back—to St. Paul—as we look ahead to the Year of the Priest.

As an Apostle, St. Paul understood his role in priestly terms. He spoke of his calling as “the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” (Rom 15:15-16).

Those are carefully crafted phrases, precise in their terms, each rich in evocative power. And what they evoke is priesthood. By grace, Paul had become a “minister.” In Greek the word is leitourgon, from which we get the English word “liturgy.” In St. Paul’s culture, this referred to a ritual role, a priestly role.

Thus, he goes on to say specifically that his work is a “priestly service”; and he further specifies that it is sacrificial. He speaks of the “offering of the Gentiles,” and prays that it may be “sanctified.”

He spoke of his apostolate as a “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). In the Old Covenant, that role had been fulfilled by the priests, who brought about the forgiveness of sins through the expiating sacrifices of the Temple. Now, Paul can describe himself as a “steward of
God’s mysteries” (1 Cor 4:1), employing the common Greek term for the Church’s sacraments: mysteria.

Paul also identified himself repeat¬edly as an “ambassador of Christ” (2 Cor 5:20; Phlm 9). The ancient rabbis said that an ambas¬sador was to be received as the dignitary whom he represented. And indeed that is how the churches received St. Paul: they “received me,” he said, “as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus” (Gal 4:14).

With the coming of Christ, there was a “change in the priesthood” (Heb 7:12). Jesus himself was the high priest of the New Covenant. In fact, Paul spoke of Jesus as both sacrificial priest and sacrificial victim (see Eph 5:2). But Jesus also shared his priesthood with men he designated as Apostles; and he commanded them to offer the sacrifice of the New Covenant (see 1 Cor 11:25).

So close was the Apostles’ communion with Jesus that they represented him– they re-presented him. When St. Paul forgave sins, he said that he did so en prosopo Christou (2 Cor 2:10). That Greek word prosopo is very rich. It literally means face, or it can also mean person or presence. The Latin Bible rendered that phrase as in persona Christi. Thus tradition has always read it: in the person of Christ.

That’s how St. Paul understood his priesthood: to be the presence, the person, and the face of Christ the High Priest. His is the face God showed to the Gentiles. Like Christ, St. Paul saw himself also as a sacrificial victim, “poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith” (Phil 2:17). The priesthood then, as now, was a call to self-giving.

By the rite of ordination, the Apostle conferred the gift of priesthood on a new generation (see 2 Tim 1:6). And so it has passed through the millennia. In this month of Our Lady in this year of St. Paul, we remember our priests in a special way, with thanksgiving, or Eucharistia.

Friday, June 19, 2009


From Steve Ray's Blog »

If your father is still alive, make sure you tell your dad how much you really love him.If he is no longer on this earth, pray for his soul.

Sirach 3
Children, pay heed to a father’s right; do so that you may live.
For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard.
He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother.He who fears the LORD honors his father, and serves his parents as rulers.
In word and deed honor your father that his blessing may come upon you;
For a father’s blessing gives a family firm roots, but a mother’s curse uproots the growing plant.
Glory not in your father’s shame, for his shame is no glory to you!
His father’s honor is a man’s glory; disgrace for her children, a mother’s shame.
My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength.
For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering — it will take lasting root.
In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.
A blasphemer is he who despises his father; accursed of his Creator, he who angers his mother.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


By Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D.

Perhaps you have noticed that in the missalette, one paragraph from today’s second lesson may be omitted. Yet for family life, that alternative passage, especially Colossians 3:18, is one of the most important verses in all Scripture.

“Wives, be subordinate [another translation, ‘subject’] to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord.” Does hearing that raise any eyebrows? What do you make of the other passage that is equally important for Christian marriage? Ephesians 5:21–25 states that “the husband is the head of his wife, as Christ is the head of the church. . . .”

Does that sound like reducing the wife to second-class citizenship in the family? If that’s your interpretation, then you have totally misunderstood the meaning of these and related passages about the roles of husband and wife. What then do these passages mean?

As Christ Loved the Church

The husband is the head of the wife.

The key word here is the Greek term kephale, literally “head.” We ordinarily use the word “head” in a metaphorical sense to mean ‘leader,” “chief,” “director,” or just plain “boss.” When the New Testament uses the word “head” in a metaphorical sense, it means something quite different.

Fifteen times in the New Testament the word kephale is used in a metaphorical or figurative sense. In one instance kephale refers to God as “head” of Christ. Twelve times (counting two repetitions as separate instances) the word kephale refers to Christ as “head” of the Church or of creation itself. In these thirteen usages, the word ‘head’ means such things as “exalted originator or completer,” “source,” “enabler” (one who brings to completion), “crown.”

Two times the word kephale refers to the husband as “head” of the wife. In these two uses, we must assume that the word kephale does not mean something totally different from the other thirteen uses of the word.

This assumption, it seems to me, is mandated by what Scripture says about how the husband is to be “head” of his wife. Look at Ephesians 2:25: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, that he might consecrate her. . . .” Of course God also commands wives to love their husbands, but he has given a further command to husbands. God commands husbands to love their wives by giving up their lives for their wives, just as Christ as “head” of the Church gave himself for the Church.

Service and Sacrifice

It boils down to this. The “headship” which God assigns to the husband is basically the role of serving his wife (and of course, the children). Not many husbands are called upon literally to die for their wives. But all husbands are called by God sacrificially to serve their wives.

To be “head” of his wife means the husband must lead, must protect, must provide for, must care for, his wife (and of course, for the children). It means giving intelligent and sensitive leadership to his wife (and of course, to the children). It certainly does not mean being “boss,” in our usual sense of the word.

But note this: Sacred Scripture gives us a clear specification for the husband’s “headship.” There’s only one way in which the husband can truly serve as “head” of his wife. (Remember, we’re talking about Christian marriage, not marriage in some generic sense.) 1 Corinthians 11:3 gives the proper order: “. . . the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”

The fact is, if the wife is to accept and cooperate with the husband’s being “head,” then his life must be submitted to Jesus Christ. As we’ve just said, the husband’s role as “head” is a role of service. That service, above all, consists in his mediating the love of Jesus Christ to his wife and to his children.

Now note this carefully: according to Scripture, there’s only one way in which a husband can truly serve as “head” of his wife. 1 Corinthians 11:3 gives the proper order; “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.” In other words, a wife can accept and cooperate with the husband’s being ‘head” only to the extent that he (the husband) submits his life to Jesus Christ. The husband’s role as “head” is a role of service. That service, above all, consists in mediating the love of Jesus Christ to his wife and to his children.

Be Subject to One Another

Now let’s go back to Ephesians 5.

The wife is “subject’ to the husband; the husband is “subject” to the wife. Ephesians 5:21 gives the command to both husbands and wives: “be subject to one another.” This is the opening line in the key New Testament passage about the relationship God intends to exist between husbands and wives. The wife “subjects” herself to her husband by accepting his role as “head.” That is, she cooperates with him in fulfilling that role of service to her and to their children. On the other hand, the husband “subjects” himself to his wife by accepting her needs for love and care, for provision and order, day after day, so long as they both shall live.

For analogy, recall the circumstances of the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee (John 1:1–12). In their relation, Our Lord and His Mother exemplify different kinds of “subjection.”

Our Blessed Mother subjected herself to her divine Son by pointing out the immediate need: “they have no wine.” In other words, Mary told Jesus the problem and asked Him to exercise His role. And what was Jesus’ role? To subject Himself to His mother by responding to the need she brought: the need for more wine. Jesus made it clear that His role was distinct from that of Mary’s. Then He subjected Himself to her request and the need she brought to His attention.

So God intends there should be mutual “subjection” of husbands and wives. Husbands must subject themselves to the needs of their wives and children. Wives must subject themselves to their husband’s service and leadership.

Subordination and Status

Now: what about equality in marriage?

For Christians, we read in Galatians 2:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In other words, human distinctions mean nothing in the eyes of God. How does this fit in with the husband being “head” of the wife?

First of all, we have to distinguish between something we can call “status” and something we may call “subordination.” “Status” refers to what we eternally are in the eyes of God. “Status” is what Scripture is referring to in the passage we just cited from Galatians—no human distinctions matter in God’s eyes. In sharp contrast, “subordination” refers to a role or function God calls us to fulfill.

Think about the Blessed Trinity for a moment. Through her Scripture and Tradition, the Church teaches us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, life in the human family is supposed to reflect and be modeled after the divine family within the Godhead—the Blessed Trinity.

God has revealed Himself as one God in three Persons, all perfectly, eternally equal in divinity. The Son is eternally equal to the Father: “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,” as we say in the Creed. Yet the Son is also “subordinated” to the Father; he is “subject” to the Father. “When all things are subjected to him [that is, to the Son], then the Son himself will also be subjected to him [the Father] who put all things under him [the Son], that God may be everything to every one” (1 Cor. 15:28).

The Holy Spirit is fully God, like the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is eternally equal to the Father and to the Son. Yet the Holy Spirit is also subject to the Son, subordinated to the Son. “. . . if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” Furthermore, the “Spirit of truth . . . will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (Jn. 15:7, 13–14).

Here is what God has revealed. The Son and the Holy Spirit are equal to the Father, yet subject to the Father, subordinated to the Father. Their subordination to the Father—that is, the role they play in relation to the Father—in no way detracts from their status of equality with the Father. In Christian marriage, the wife is called to play a role of subordination. Fulfilling that role in no way detracts from her status of absolute equality with her husband.

True Complementarity

So why is the husband the “head” of the family, rather than the wife?

One obvious reason is that since the wife bears the children and takes the leading part in their nurturing, the husband is simply much freer to fill the role of “head.” Another reason, in times past, was that the greater physical strength of the man better qualified him for service as “head” of his wife and of his family.

But there’s a deeper reason for the husband’s being assigned the role of “head” of the family.

A couple may choose to reject scriptural teaching about the “headship” of the husband. They may simply affirm—as so many couples today do affirm— “because we’re both persons we are equal and therefore equal in our marriage.” But on the human level this is false: the husband and wife are not simply “equal.”

Nor is this a question of civil rights. The extent of civil rights a wife may or may not have varies enormously from culture to culture. But in all cultures there is one constant fact. In the marriage itself, the wife occupies a place, fills a role, which is more central, more important to the spiritual and emotional lie of the family, than is the role of the husband. And because of that—this is very important—on the natural level, there is an inescapable inequality between husband and wife.

That’s the fact. Now let me offer an opinion about that fact. My opinion is not the teaching of the Catholic Church, but it harmonizes with what the Church does teach about marriage.

Now remember what we’ve said: On the natural level, there is a basic inequality of husband and wife, simply because of the wife’s more fundamental role in the family. I believe that God bestows “headship” on the husband to bring the husband up, so to speak, to a position of full equality with his wife.

I believe furthermore that the wife is called by God to share in God’s bestowal of “headship” on her husband. She does this when she lovingly consents to his filling that role. She does this when she helps him in every way she can to carry on his service of headship.

When both husband and wife cooperate this way in his filling his role of “headship,” then—and only then—will you have true equality of husband and wife. Then—and only then—will you have true complementarity. And that, as Pope John Paul repeatedly taught us, is a key to true Christian marriage.


This, in outline, is God’s plan for Christian marriage.

Spouses can ignore God’s plan, but only at the cost of denying themselves the fulfillment God intends for them in their marriage.

Through the intercession of the Holy Family, may God grant to all who are called to the holy estate of matrimony the grace to embrace and to live out his plan for their lives.

Father Ray Ryland is CUF's spiritual advisor.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

DR. SCOTT HAHN: You still don't know him?

If you haven't heard of Dr. Scott Hahn, you've been living under a Catholic rock for the last 20 years. If you have heard, you know how awesome he is. Give it thou a listen:

Letter & Spirit with Dr. Scott Hahn & Mike Aquilina
Letter & Spirit: Episode 01
Letter & Spirit: Episode 02

Letter & Spirit: Episode 03

Letter & Spirit: Episode 04

Letter & Spirit: Episode 05

Letter & Spirit: Episode 06

Letter & Spirit: Episode 07

Letter & Spirit: Episode 08

Letter & Spirit: Episode 09

Letter & Spirit: Episode 10

Letter & Spirit: Episode 11

Letter & Spirit: Episode 12

Letter & Spirit: Episode 13

Lord Have Mercy with Dr. Scott Hahn & Mike Aquilina
Lord Have Mercy: Episode 01
Lord Have Mercy: Episode 02
Lord Have Mercy: Episode 03

Lord Have Mercy: Episode 05
Mary and the Saints
Hail, Holy Queen
Scott Hahn with Mother Angelica and Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's "Mother Angelica Live," 4/25/01)

Medicine of God's Mercy
Dr. Scott Hahn - Rome 2008
(A talk that Dr. Hahn gave to the seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.)
Sacraments and Covenant

THREE MINUTES A DAY - June 16, 2009

The Essence of Marriage

Make husband’s breakfast

Tell him my name

Encourage use of toilet

Help with shower...

This excerpt from Susan Luckstone Jaffer’s poem To-Do List for My 37th Wedding Anniversarycaptures the meaning of love and loyalty in marriage – even in tough times. Caring, patience, and commitment resonate throughout her poem. Although daily devotion to her ill husband may be difficult, nothing suggests regret.

...Cook something soft

Serve husband dinner

Say goodnight

Join “Wolfy” on sofa

Let “Wolfy” tell me what all dogs know.

Marriage is about loving and caring “in sickness and in health until death do us part.”

Love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave... Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. (Song of Solomon 8:6,7)

Author of all loving relationships, strengthen spouses in times of illness, aging or disability.

Monday, June 15, 2009


A Practical Guide to Making Decisions

A book by Fr. Michael Scanlan, James D. Manney 

  • Does it CONFORM to God’s Will?
  • Does it Encourage CONVERSION?
  • What CONFIRMS it?
  • CONVICTION: Does the heart say ‘Yes’?

If the answer is NO,well, what you have is CONFUSION!

These are some scripture passages that will inspire us in making decisions in our lives.

Make known to me your ways, Lord;

Teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,

For you are God my savior.

For you I wait all the long day.

Ps 25:4-5

Jesus said to them, “ My food is to do the

Will of the one who sent me.”

Jn 4:34

No disciple is above his teacher…

Mt 10:24

Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Mt. 6:10

May these passages guide us in our decisions. Ultimately, a point comes when all those who persevere are able to let go of their lives and fall into God’s will. May we all reach that point in His grace and find true path of freedom and peace, which is to discern God’s will – and do it.


For the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

In honor of today's Solemnity, I have decided to repost the portion from the "Sacraments" Topical Index Page on the Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Jesus, Living Bread which came down from heaven .... have mercy on us.

Holy Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass
Pax Christi,

THREE MINUTES A DAY - June 15, 2009

For God’s Children

Staten Islander Stephanie Cimino spent a month in sunny Sicily recently. But not working exclusively on her suntan or visiting historic ruins or vineyards. Instead, she volunteered to teach English to the mostly poor preschoolers at the Waldensian (Evangelical) school in Pachino, Sicily.

In addition to preparing them to learn more English later, Cimino helped the bright children learn songs, numbers, colors and animals’ names. In fact, they learned so quickly that they soon sang, “What’s your name?” to Cimino as she served them lunch. She also helped other teachers wipe noses, tie shoelaces, comfort crying children and serve snacks and lunch.

But it wasn’t all work and no play. There was time to worship with the community and for beach time, too.

Next vacation time, think how you can help God’s little ones and play, too.

Jesus... said to them, “Let the little children come to Me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. (Mark 10:14)

Bless, guide and protect children, Gentle Jesus, meek and mild.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

GOD'S LOVE ACCORDING TO ST. PAUL Oswald Sobrino, M.A. (Theology)

I. How central is God’s love in Paul’s writings?

A. Substance of Our Salvation

Romans 5:1-5 RSV Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. [Emphasis added in this and all subsequent quotations.]

(See Catechism, 733.)

B. Concretely Proven in the Death of Jesus

Rom. 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

C. Concretely Manifested in Our Lives

Rom. 8:28 We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.

II. Is God’s Love Directed to Me Personally?

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Timothy 1:13-16 though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him; but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; 16 but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Pope Benedict XVI (General Audience, Sept. 3, 2008, as reported by VIS):

For us, the Holy Father concluded, Christianity "is not a new philosophy or a new form of morality. We are only Christians if we encounter Christ, even if He does not reveal Himself to us as clearly and irresistibly as he did to Paul in making him the Apostle of the Gentiles. We can also encounter Christ in reading Holy Scripture, in prayer, and in the liturgical life of the Church - touch Christ's heart and feel that Christ touches ours. And it is only in this personal relationship with Christ, in this meeting with the Risen One, that we are truly Christian".

See Appendix.

III. What is the Relationship of the Holy Spirit to God’s Love?

A. The Proof of Our Adoption as Children of God:

Rom. 8:14-16 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" 16 it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

B. The Means of Our Salvation in Christ:

Titus 3:3-6 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; 4 but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

C. St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Distinction 10, “The Holy Spirit as Love,” Art. 2:

because the Father loves the Son, the Holy Spirit can be called the love of the Father into the Son, and because the Son loves the Father, He can be called the love of the Son into the Father.”

Source link.

IV. Discussion Questions:

A. How have you personally experienced God’s love in your life circumstances?

B. What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?

C. How crucial to your whole Christian life is your relationship with God the

Holy Spirit? Or is the Holy Spirit the “Great Unknown” in your life?


Paul’s Cry of the Heart

Here is an excerpt from the Pope's homily at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome to commence the Pauline Year's celebrations on June 28, 2008 (emphasis added):

"In the letter to the Galatians", he continued, "he provided for us a very personal profession of faith, in which he opens his heart to the reader of all times, and reveals the deep driving force of his life. 'I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me' (Gal. 2:20). Everything that Paul does begins from this centre. His faith is the experience of being loved by Jesus Christ in a completely personal way; it is the awareness of the fact that Christ has faced death not for some anonymous person, but out of love for him - for Paul - and that, as the Risen One, he still loves him. Christ has given himself for him. His faith comes from being transfixed by the love of Jesus Christ, a love that shakes him to his core and transforms him. His faith is not a theory, an opinion about God and the world. His faith is the impact of the love of God on his heart. And thus his faith is itself love for Jesus Christ".

"This love is now the 'law' of his life, and in this very way it is the freedom of his life. He speaks and acts on the basis of the responsibility of love. Freedom and responsibility are here united in an inseparable way. Because he stands in the responsibility of love, he is free; because he is someone who loves, he lives completely in the responsibility of this love and does not take freedom as the pretext for willfulness and egoism".

Source link from Whispers in the Loggia blog.