Faith inGod’s love encompasses the call and the obligation
to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first command
ment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for
him and because of him.
One can sin against God’s love in various ways:
neglects or refuses to reflect on divine charity; it fails
to consider its prevenient goodness and denies its power.
fails or refuses to acknowledge divine charity and to
return him love for love.
is hesitation or negligence in responding to divine
love; it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of
or spiritual sloth goes so far as to refuse the joy that comes
from God and to be repelled by divine goodness.
hatred of God
comes from pride. It is contrary to love of God,
whose goodness it denies, andwhom it presumes to curse as the one
who forbids sins and inflicts punishments.
The theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity inform
and give life to the moral virtues. Thus charity leads us to render
to God what we as creatures owe him in all justice. The
disposes us to have this attitude.
Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore
God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the
Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful
Love. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall
you serve,” says Jesus, citing