25: Above All–Charity

The single most important thing to remember, as stated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

I hope these posts have served as a teeny toe in the water of the catechism. The main thing that I learned is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a living, breathing, organic thing that continues to reveal more and more levels of understanding in my life.

There is no way I could possibly live up to everything found in the Catechism….many of the things I read were absolute news to me. I have a lot of work to do.

Anyway, here is the last article of the Prologue, and it is meant to provide some clarity as we continue our study of the beautiful Roman Catholic Church:

“To conclude this Prologue, it is fitting to recall this pastoral principle stated by the Roman Catechism:

The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends. Whether something is proposed for belief, for hope or for action, the love of our Lord must always be made accessible, so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love.”
-Article 25, Catechism of the Catholic Church

So the main point here? Love.
What kind of love? The love that never ends.
Who is the only person who can give something that is never-ending? God.
And who does God give love to? All of us.

God loves you. Don’t forget that! God loves you.

“Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13: 8, New American Bible, Revised Edition

No matter what anyone has said about you, God loves you.
No matter what messages you have told yourself, God loves you.
No one can doom you to being a failure or being somehow “less than,” because God loves you.
God loves you, no matter what part of the world you go to, no matter what kind of world you live in, be it a full and fantastic one, or a world of hardship and suffering. God loves you through it all. There is no barrier.
Whatever the world has taught you about worldly things, God loves you.
Some of you who are reading this are liars. Some of you are murderers. Some of you are adulterers. But you should know there is nothing you can do that would make God stop loving you. He loves you now. He loves you still.

Because God’s love never ends, it is never ever too late to get yourself back in a relationship with God. You are not damned. It’s not over.
I hope you, like me, will continue on this journey back Home, because God loves us and waits for us always.

Until next time,

Maggie O’the Valley

Source for Adventurous Reading:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Modifications from the Editio Typica. English translation (United States, 2nd edition) United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 1997. Print.

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