Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Virtue of HATE?

In an act that many of us believe long overdue, last week His Holiness proclaimed Archbishop Fulton Sheen as "VENERABLE", the first official step to sainthood.  Here's a quote from the late archbishop that seems to have slipped through the cracks:

Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. 
It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. 
The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth. 
It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind. 
The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom. 
Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth. 
Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of "live and let live"; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment. 
Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.

Well said, Your Most Venerable Excellency!

For more on this unusual take about love and hate click here.