Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fr. Servais Pinckaers on True and False Love

For some, love has become the “Open, Sesame,” the cure for all problems. They misapply St. Augustine’s magnificent expression, “Love, and do what you will,” as if warmth of emotion liberates a person from all commandments and restraints. For St. Augustine, however, the greater the love the greater the adherence to commandments, for they are the expression of God’s love. Without the rectitude ensured by the commandments, love will not be true, will not survive.


Source: Servais Pinckaers, O.P., The Sources of Christian Ethics, trans. by Mary Thomas Noble (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1995), 29.

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