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Love for God Expressed as Love for Other People

This is what it looks like when someone is close to God:  because they love God, they want to spare the person in front of them. They are in love with living human beings, not in love with virtue in the abstract.  They are focused not on the idea of morality, but on the person whose life and safety (whether physical or spiritual) are at stake.

In Maria Goretti’s case, she was focused on her rapist — and it was her love for him, and not her blindingly pure devotion to virginity, that converted him and brought him to repentance before he died.  That is how conversions happen.  That is how people are saved:  when other people show love for them.  It’s about other people.  It’s always about our love for God expressed as love for other people.  That’s why, before someone is declared a saint, they have to perform two miracles for people still on earth.  Even after death, it’s not about the cause or the system or the virtue in the abstract.  It’s always about our love for other people.

—from the blog post Maria Goretti didn’t die for her virginity by Simcha Fischer

Maria Goretti

 

 

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One comment on “Love for God Expressed as Love for Other People

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