Mercy and Truth in Deus Caritas Est
Category Special Topics
Year: 2016
Time: 74 minutes
In the debate on mercy, St. Thomas Aquinas is often quoted, when he says: "So in every work of God, viewed at its primary source, there appears mercy." But, this quote cannot be taken out of the context of Thomas' distinction that justice and truth must proceed mercy, so that it is truth that is the connection between justice and mercy, the truth of love. 
'Without truth, charity denegrates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love' (Deus caritas est, 3).
In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI explored the identity of God as love and proposed a new theological epistemology. The fundamental truth of the document Deus caritas est is the truth of love as light. From the very outset, Benedict sets the identity of God as love in the context of those who believe in Him, affirming the interrelation between love and faith: God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God and God in him. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us (1 Jn 4:16). 
By examining the relationship between love and faith, and love and justice, and love and mercy, expressed in the encylical Deus caritas est, Cardinal Müller will seek to explore the deep connection between the truth of love and the Christian witness lived in charity.
Speaker: Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller
DateFebruary 1, 2016

Location: Cullen Hall

Length: 74 mins


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