QotD – Power of Truth & Love – 2.14.2016

But the power of being is not man’s own power; it is the power of the Creator. And faith teaches us this about the Creator: that he is not only Truth, but also Love, and that the two are inseparable. God has as much power in the world as truth and love have. This would be a melancholy thought if all we knew of the world was what we ourselves have been able to observe and experience in the course of our lifetime. But from the perspective of the new experience that God has bestowed on us in Jesus Christ, together with himself and the world, it is a sentence full of triumphant hope. For now we can read this sentence in reverse: truth and love are identical with the power of God because he not only possesses truth and love, he is Truth and Love. Truth and love are, therefore, the real, the definitive power in the world. On this certainty rests the hope of the Church and the hope of Christians. Or better: that is why Christian existence is one of hope.

(Ratzinger, J. Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year. 59–60)


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