Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pope Benedict On Why St. Paul Seems Harsh

Here's a fantastic excerpt from Pope Benedict's address today:
Maybe some of you will say to me, Saint Paul is often severe in his writings. How can I say that he was spreading a message of love? My answer is this. God loves every one of us with a depth and intensity that we can hardly begin to imagine. And he knows us intimately, he knows all our strengths and all our faults. Because he loves us so much, he wants to purify us of our faults and build up our virtues so that we can have life in abundance. When he challenges us because something in our lives is displeasing to him, he is not rejecting us, but he is asking us to change and become more perfect. That is what he asked of Saint Paul on the road to Damascus. God rejects no one. And the Church rejects no one. Yet in his great love, God challenges all of us to change and to become more perfect.

--Meeting with Young People on the Waterfront in Malta (April 18, 2010)
In other words, as Scott Hahn has put it: "God loves us as we are--but he loves us too much to let us stay that way!"



Dim Bulb said...

He missed an opportunity. He should have quoted 2 Corinthians 7:8ff.

Seeker said...

This is truly beautiful. It's just when I think about it, I wonder, respectfully, why God made us so flawed that he needs to purify us? If he loves us so much why would he make us so he has to put us through such a harsh purification?