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“Always think of God as your lover. Therefore he wants to be with you just as a lover always wants to be with the beloved. He wants your attention as every lover wants the attention of the beloved. He wants to listen to you, as every lover wants to hear the voice of the beloved. If you turn to me and ask, ‘Are you in love with God?’ I would pause hesitate and say ‘I am not certain but of one thing I am certain that He is in love with me’. He wants also to whisper a word of love into my ear. It may be a word of forgiveness; it may be a word of healing; it may be a word of comfort; it may even be a word of rebuke. He speaks to us deep down. Isn't it sad if the beloved disappoints the lover through negligence or through walking away through stupidity? Two great qualities of God: his with fidelity to us and his tenderness. I love that idea of God being faithful to me. However much I go wrong, however far I may stray, whatever follies I may engage in, he remains faithful to me”.


Cardinal Basil Hume, The Mystery of Love.

"Every human person possesses an infinite dignity, inalienably grounded in his or her very being, which prevails in and beyond every circumstance, state, or situation the person may ever encounter. This principle, which is fully recognizable even by reason alone, underlies the primacy of the human person and the protection of human rights. In the light of Revelation, the Church resolutely reiterates and confirms the ontological dignity of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God and redeemed in Jesus Christ. From this truth, the Church draws the reasons for her commitment to the weak and those less endowed with power, always insisting on “the primacy of the human person and the defense of his or her dignity beyond every circumstance.”

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dignitas Infinita, 1.


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