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Pope Francis: Evangelize by being ‘traveling companions’

September 23, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Addressing a conference hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, Pope Francis called upon the Church to make God’s love known, “not so much by teaching, never by judging, but by being traveling companions ... To proclaim the Lord is to witness to the joy of knowing Him, it is to help live the beauty of encountering Him. God is not the answer to an intellectual curiosity or to a commitment of the will, but an experience of love, called to become a story of love.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 23, 2019 2:40 PM ET USA

    It is good to remember that we are persons of _both_ intellect and will, not of will alone. Likewise, charity is not a _process_, but rather a virtue, a good habit to be pursued even in the absence of emotional satisfaction. The theological virtue of love is "[t]he third and greatest of the Divine virtues enumerated by St. Paul...usually called charity, defined: a divinely infused habit, inclining the human will to cherish God for his own sake above all things, and man for the sake of God."