This year marks the 60th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s address to the World Congress of the Lay Apostolate when he was Archbishop of Milan. Here are some excerpts from his remarks: “The fundamental attitude of Catholics who want to convert the world is loving it. We shall love our neighbors and those far afield. We shall love our country, we shall love other peoples. We shall love Catholics, the schismatics, the Protestants, the Anglicans, the indifferent, the Moslems, the pagans and the atheists. We shall love those who merit and those who do not merit to be loved.”
In these times, when our feelings toward those with whom we disagree run strong, when our hostility toward terrorists runs strong, we ought to keep Paul VI’s words in mind.