Catholic Dictionary

Term

LOVE OF ENEMIES

Definition

Christ's commandment of merciful love, shown especially in loving those who are not lovable. The enemies of whom Christ speaks are "those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:44), "those who hate you . . . curse you" (Luke 6:28). This is the highest and truest test of selfless love, to "do good to . . . bless . . . pray for those who treat you badly" (Luke 6:28).