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Accepting Death and God’s Love

Series: 
Gifts for Living
Week: 
32

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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English Transcript: 

FR CARL: Thomas, you made the comment: ‘When you accept death, you accept God and in accepting God, you accept death.’

FR THOMAS: Well, what is accepting death really mean? It’s accepting what God does all the time which is to give himself away to the other relationships; in other words, what the Father is doing is giving himself totally away. The Father is infinite potentiality and the Son is the actualization of all the possibilities, so he is all that the Father is and receives it as sheer gift and also returns it to the Father in the dynamism of returning all that he has received. This total self-giving of each other is a love beyond any love we can imagine ... a love that is totally and actually and really being given all the time and so it is like an enormous river of divine love that is flowing among the members of the Trinity forever.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

Aceptando la Muerte y el Amor de Dios

Padre Carl: Thomas, tú hiciste el comentario: “Cuando tu aceptas la muerte, aceptas a Dios y al aceptar a Dios, tu aceptas la muerte.”

Padre Thomas: Bueno, ¿Qué es lo que realmente significa aceptar la muerte? Es aceptar lo que Dios hace todo el tiempo que es darse a sí mismo, a las otras relaciones; es decir lo que el Padre está haciendo es darse a si mismo totalmente. El Padre es una potencialidad infinita y el Hijo es la actualización de todas las posibilidades, así que El es todo lo que el Padre es y lo recibe como regalo puro y también lo devuelve al Padre en el dinamismo de devolver lo que él ha recibido. Esta entrega total del uno al otro es un amor mas allá de cualquier amor que podamos imaginar…un amor que es total y actualmente real dándose todo el tiempo, es como un enorme rio de amor divino que fluye entre los miembros de la Trinidad por siempre.

Category: 
Gift of Life