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Returning to Joseph Ratzinger’s timeless What It Means to Be a Christian

Catholic World Report: "In Münster in late-1964, Ratzinger was sounding the same theme: “What actually is the Christian reality, the real substance of Christianity that goes beyond mere moralism? What is the special thing in Christianity that not only justifies but compels us to be and live as Christians?” It is love. Love is the rocket fuel that propels us to lavish deeds. As Ratzinger writes, “for anyone who really believes, it is clear that he will not use the certainty of divine forgiveness as license for complete lack of restraint, just as a lover does not make use of the fact that the other person’s love is inextinguishable but feels called upon by that very fact to do his best, for his own part, to become worthy of such love.” The Christian’s call is to echo the superabundance of God in his life. We must “try to adopt the attitude of the lover, who does not calculate but simply—loves.” Morality, then, is the consequence of love."

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