John Paul II Speaks about Christian Love and service

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"PROPHETS OF A NEW WORLD"

There is no greater love than that of giving one’s life freely for one’s friends (cf. Jn.15: 13), for love saves the world, builds up society and is our preparation for eternity. In this way you will be prophets of a New World.

"THE LAW OF LOVE"

From the day of our Baptism we are reborn to new life. Christian living demands that we advance along the path of love. The law of Christ is the law of love.

"THE FIRST RULES OF YOUR LIVES"

May love and service be the first rules of your lives! By sacrificing yourselves you will discover what you yourselves have received and you will receive in turn the gift of God.

"THE WAY TO HAPPINESS AND HOLINESS"

Service is the way to happiness and holiness: our lives then become a journey of love towards God and towards our brothers and sisters.

MAKING LIFE BEAUTIFUL

Love and service give meaning to our lives and make them beautiful, because we know for what reason and for whom we are committed. It is in the name of Christ Who loved us and served us first.

"A BOND OF CLOSENESS AND UNITY"

Those who are nourished by the Body of Christ find the strength to act in brotherhood. Between Christ and His disciple there is thus created a bond of closeness and unity which profoundly transforms the person’s being, making him or her a servant.

SERVICE BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT

By virtue of the Spirit whom they receive, Christ’s disciples are enabled to place themselves at the service of their brothers and sisters...

(Source: meditation on "The washing of the feet" given at World Youth Day, August, 1997 1998 Presentation Ministries, Cincinnati, Ohio.) Used by subscription.