Love Is the Most Powerful Force for Changing the Face of the Earth

What is needed in today's world is "a civilization of love," a kind of atmosphere in which the human mind thinks thoughts of peace and rejects the option of violence, where the heart is drawn to beauty and goodness and to the urgent needs of others, where people join hands as brothers and sisters to labor in solidarity for the rights and dignity of all, especially for the poorest and most defenseless members of society. Yes, a man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends." That is the key to understand the life of Jesus Christ and of his faithful followers of every time and place... For love is the most powerful force for changing the face of the Earth. 

FAREWELL SPEECH, MASERU, LESOTHO September 16, 1988

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 145)

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