Evangelium Vitae - Love Your Neighbor










Evangelium Vitae Articles 75 - 77: Love Your Neighbor

This post is taken from the book, “The Encyclicals in Everyday Language” by Joseph G. Donders.


75. The negative moral commandments

indicate the minimum we must respect,

beneath which we cannot lower ourselves.

They are the beginning and the first stage

of a further journey toward freedom.


76. The commandment “you shall not kill”

is a point of departure.

It leads us to promote and serve life actively.

With the gift of his Spirit,

Christ gives new content and meaning

to our being entrusted to one another.

The Spirit becomes the new law.


77. Jesus laid down his life for us,

and we ought to lay down our lives

for our brothers and sisters (1 Jn 3:16)

We are committed to ensure a service of love

to our neighbors, defending and promoting their lives,

especially when they are weak and threatened.



From “Evangelium Vitae”  #75-77

“John Paul II  - The Encyclicals in Everyday Language” by Joseph G. Donders

For a study guide to Evangelium Vitae, see the Priests for Life website

For the original encyclical in its entirety, see the Vatican website

Author: genericmum

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