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    Sermon 316 : 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time : What is Love?

    1/28/2007
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    "In the thirteenth chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul sings a hymn to love. He tells us that love is ""patient, gentle, kind, not snobbish"" and that it ""never fails."" Love, after all, is what God is: willing the good of the other as other. When we love, therefore, we are sharing in the very life of God."
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Michael
I do not understand the second 'other' in the quote from above: "Love, after all, is what God is: willing the good of the other as other."
1/31/2010 12:08:24 PM
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Mike
I think what Fr. Barron is saying here is that if you will the good of the other so that you will benefit in the process, that's not authentic love.

The desire for the good of the other must be separated from the ego.

Don't love someone so that they will love you back. Don't give someone a gift with the expectation that he will return the favor.
1/31/2010 3:53:28 PM
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Bob
Yeah. Mike is correct. Willing the good of the other as other means willing their objective good, not your subjective construal of what their good is. This is difficult because we can never fully escape our own flawed construal of the good. However, in the light of the gospels, we have an objective revelation of our good as persons, but willing that good is a life-long struggle given our fallen will. So, in order to truly will the good of the other as other entails a life of discipline, prayer, and a growing knowledge of Christ.
2/2/2010 10:30:27 AM
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