God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 Jn4:16).

These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny.

In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”.

Taken from:  THE ENCYCLICAL LETTER “DEUS CARITAS EST” OF BENEDICT XVI

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est_en.html

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