I’ve copied and pasted the following text by Benedict XVI. The more I read it, the more inspiration I get for my everyday teaching English and helping people communicate with one another. It’s a piece from an encyclical letter by him, Caritas in Veritate, and the piece is from # 53 within the letter.
N.B.: The title in Latin means ‘Charity in truth’, which is taken from the beginning of the letter:
Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love and Absolute Truth.
And the text proper I wanted to quote is
As a spiritual being, the human creature is defined through interpersonal relations. The more authentically he or she lives these relations, the more his or her own personal identity matures. It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God. Hence these relations take on fundamental importance.
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