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    12 Jun '06 17:20
    GOD IS NOT INFINITE SOLITUDE, BUT COMMUNION OF LOVE


    VATICAN CITY, JUN 11, 2006 (VIS) - Before praying the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI recalled that today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

    "Thanks to the Holy Spirit, Who helps us to understand the words of Jesus and guides us to the truth entire," said the Pope, "believers can experience ... intimacy with God Himself, discovering that He is not infinite solitude, but communion of light and love."

    "In this world, no one can see God, but He made Himself known so that, with John the Apostle, we can affirm: 'God is love.' We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. Whoever meets Christ and enters into friendship with Him, welcomes Trinitarian communion into his soul."

    "For those with faith, all the universe speaks of God, One and Triune. ... Everything that exists leads back to a Being Who communicates Himself in the multiplicity and variety of elements, as in an immense symphony. All beings are ordered in a harmonic dynamism that we can analogously call 'love.' But only in human beings ... does this dynamism become spiritual, does it become responsible love: a response to God and to others in a sincere giving of self. In this love, human beings find their truth and happiness."

    There are, said Benedict XVI, "various analogies of the ineffable mystery of God, One and Triune." In this context he mentioned the family, which "is called to be a community of love and of life, in which differences must come together to form a 'parabola of communion'." Another "masterwork of the Most Holy Trinity" is the Virgin Mary, because "divine love found perfect correspondence in her, and in her womb the only begotten Son became man."

    After the Angelus prayer, the Pope invited the faithful to participate, on Thursday, June 15, in the traditional procession for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which every year passes from the Basilica of St. John Lateran, along Rome's Via Merulana, to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. It is, said the Holy Father, "an occasion that expresses the faith and love of the Christian community for their Lord present in the Eucharist."
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    12 Jun '06 17:32
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    [b]GOD IS NOT INFINITE SOLITUDE, BUT COMMUNION OF LOVE
    I beg to differ with your title alone. The word God is merely that...a word, a symbol of union despite which backing you offer to support it. There for, wouldn't it be a lot easier and a lot more honest to use the word its self "Love", that should be our symbol nothing more, nothing less, after all it that which make the changes not our "God".
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    14 Jun '06 19:432 edits
    Originally posted by phillip pullman
    I beg to differ with your title alone. The word God is merely that...a word, a symbol of union despite which backing you offer to support it. There for, wouldn't it be a lot easier and a lot more honest to use the word its self "Love", that should be our symbol nothing more, nothing less, after all it that which make the changes not our "God".
    Phillip Pullman: "There for, wouldn't it be a lot easier and a lot more honest to use the word its self "Love", that should be our symbol nothing more, nothing less, after all it that which make the changes not our "God". "

    Maybe it would be easier but it would certainly not be more honest. God, who is Communion of Love Himself, namely Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is also Life "It"self, the Truth "It"self, the Creator of the Universe and our Lord and Saviour. In your interpretation these capacities and "functions" disappear. Your interpretation is a serious case of impermissible reductionism.

    Therefore your interpretation is not "more honest", on the contrary.