2019 Symposium Abstract 9: Alicia Bradford - "Communion of Love: The Spousal Vocation of Man & Woman in Light of the Trinitarian Nature of God"

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John Paul II says that “man and woman, created as a ‘unity of the two’ in their common humanity, are called to live in a communion of love, and in this way mirror in the world the communion of love that is in God....” In his Catechesis on Human Love he speaks of the hermeneutics of the gift as being “at the heart of the mystery of creation” and fundamental to our understanding of the spousal union of man and woman. This session will begin with a reflection on the revelation of God’s being as personal triune love in light of this fundamental hermeneutic of gift and the Trinitarian reflections of Hans Urs von Balthasar. It will then look at how this speaks to the nature of being and love in man and woman in their unique vocation of spousal love, including how eros and agape pertain to each other as distinct, yet integrally related, dimensions of love.

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