Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Love Your Enemies

This page of the Gospel is rightly considered the "magna carta" of Christian nonviolence; it does not consist in surrendering to evil -- as claims a false interpretation of "turn the other cheek" (Luke 6:29) -- but in responding to evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21), and thus breaking the chain of injustice. It is thus understood that nonviolence, for Christians, is not mere tactical behavior but a person's way of being, the attitude of one who is convinced of God's love and power, who is not afraid to confront evil with the weapons of love and truth alone. Loving the enemy is the nucleus of the "Christian revolution," a revolution not based on strategies of economic, political or media power. The revolution of love, a love that does not base itself definitively in human resources, but in the gift of God, that is obtained only and unreservedly in his merciful goodness. Herein lies the novelty of the Gospel, which changes the world without making noise. Herein lies the heroism of the "little ones," who believe in the love of God and spread it even at the cost of life.


Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, 2/18/07

2 comments:

2nd grade mom said...

That's beautiful.

marie said...

This is an extension of the value of forgiveness. This is truly good news for those of us who would like freedom from anger, vengence, revenge - all those negative emotions that hurt the person who dwells on them. It transcends forgiveness and frees us to love all and be healed.