Love in the Abstract

Love in the abstract will never have any force in the world if it does not sink its roots in the actual community built on fraternal love. Love’s polity is constructed only by starting out from a small fraternal community. It has to begin from the particular to arrive at the universal. To make openings for fraternity is today no less important than in the time of St. John, or of St. Benedict, who with the fraternity of monks was the true architect of Christian Europe, building models of the new city in a fraternity of faith.
--Benedict XVI, Journey Towards Easter, 95-96

This quotation is part of a three-part series of passages reflecting on David O'Hanley's post to "The Apartments."

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