April 18, 2011

Genuine love for others is the cornerstone of charity, but it needs to be backed up by concrete action to be a complete expression of God's love for humanity, the papal preacher said.

In a Lenten meditation released April 8, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said Christian charity should be characterized by "a love that is both sincere and active; a love from the heart and a love, so to speak, of the hands."

Cantalamessa cited St. Paul's Letter to the Romans in which he calls on Christians to act with charity without hypocrisy.

The call for "a love that is true, authentic and not fake" was the cornerstone of St. Paul's message, he said.

"Hypocritical love," the papal preacher said, "is that which does good works without feeling, that shows off to the outside something that is not actually felt in the heart."

Cantalamessa will speak at Nothing More Beautiful in Edmonton May 5 and deliver the Jordan Lecture series at Newman Theological College May 7.