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What is the New Law of the Gospel, of the New Testament? JPII writes in VS §24 that it is the grace of the Holy Spirit poured out in our hearts. And so we find revealed the authentic and original

Posted in Aquinas - Theology, John Paul II, Magisterium, Summa Theologiae, Veritatis Splendor

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In our last episode we saw that Christian morality is founded upon love. But it is a love that we cannot possibly fulfill in our own strength. In order to fulfill the duties of Christian morality, we must have God’s

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Veritatis Splendor

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Christian morality isn’t just any morality that a Christian might choose, as though the fact that a Christian invokes it might somehow make it worthy of the label. It has at least one distinctive characteristic. It is Jesus himself who

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In a previous episode we saw that Pope John Paul II discussed the relationship of truth and freedom. Today we see that freedom and God’s law also go together. Jesus points out to the young man that the commandments are

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Veritatis Splendor

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In VS §14, the Pope writes affirms the essential connection between the two great commandments. Both the Old and the New Testaments explicitly affirm that without love of neighbour, made concrete in keeping the commandments, genuine love for God is

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As we saw in our last post, obedience to God is a duty for the Christian whose fulfillment is found in eternal life. But the fruit of holy living is found not only in the next life, but also in

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Veritatis Splendor

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After providing a definition of natural law in VS §12, Pope John Paul II continues in the same section with excellent remarks concerning the connection between eternal life and obedience to God. Consequently, after making the important clarification: “There is

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Sola Fide, Veritatis Splendor

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In VS §12 Pope John Paul II provides a definition of “natural law:” Only God can answer the question about the good, because he is the Good. But God has already given an answer to this question: he did so

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Veritatis Splendor

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Protestants are just plain wrong when they say that Catholics believe in salvation by works. This canard is nothing more than pseudo-knowledge grounded on (at best) misunderstanding. In VS §§10-11 we see JPII affirm the Catholic view once again. The

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Summa Theologiae, Veritatis Splendor

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When we talk about what is good, in the long run what we say has to do with God. Writing about Mt 19:16-21, Pope John Paul II says: Jesus says: “Why do you ask me about what is good? There

Posted in John Paul II, Magisterium, Veritatis Splendor
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