Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sin is the Enemy

Pope Benedict, in reflecting on this Sunday's gospel, said that Sin is the true enemy of the Human Person. Article

"If it is true that God is justice, then we should not forget that he is above all love; if he hates sin it is because he has an infinite love for all human beings," the Holy Father explained.

The Pontiff reflected on the Gospel account of the day's liturgy. It dealt with the adulterous woman who was to be stoned to death, but who was saved and forgiven by Jesus.

Benedict XVI stated: "Jesus does not start a theological debate about the law of Moses; he is not interested in winning an academic dispute on an interpretation of the Mosaic laws. His objective is to save a soul and reveal that salvation can be found only in the love of God.

"Jesus came to tell us that he wants us all in heaven and that hell, of which so little is said in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to his love.

For one, we can note the theme common to the Benedict XVI papacy thus far, namely God is Love. Another thing he mentions is that Society has forgotten the sense of Sin. I direct you now to Sacramentum Caritatis, paragraph 20:
We know that the faithful are surrounded by a culture that tends to eliminate the sense of sin (55) and to promote a superficial approach that overlooks the need to be in a state of grace in order to approach sacramental communion worthily. (56) The loss of a consciousness of sin always entails a certain superficiality in the understanding of God's love.
Surprise, the Pope even mentioned this cultural trend in his exhortation.


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