Monday, February 22, 2021

Fratelli Tuuti - 3

Fratelli Tuuti - 
We find in the thrid chapter of Pope Francis' encyclical the basic Christian principle love. Here he outlines that this capacity to love according to “a universal dimension.” 

“Envisaging and engendering an open world” is what we are called to embrace. In this chapter Pope Francis exhorts us to go “‘outside’ the self” in order to find “a fuller existence in another.” We are to open ourselves up to the other according to the dynamism of charity which makes us tend toward “universal fulfilment.” 

In the background – the Encyclical recalls – the spiritual stature of a person’s life is measured by love, which always “takes first place” and leads us to seek better for the life of the other, far from all selfishness. The sense of solidarity and of fraternity begin within the family, which are to be safeguarded and respected in their “primary and vital mission of education.”