An ever growing mutual relationship between FPET members and supporters in Australia and the people of the western border region of East Timor that bears witness to Christian love by each group being sensitive, understanding and responsive to the needs of each other.
In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love), Pope Benedict XVI calls the whole Catholic Church to a deeper understanding of love by exploring the connection between human love, divine love and Christian charity.
Pope Benedict places charity and love at the heart of the Church’s activities and provides clear guidance for all involved in charitable works. The encyclical sets out the ideal for members of Catholic charitable organisations and individual Catholics, religious and lay, regarding charitable works.
Section 33 which is quoted below sets out clearly and precisely the attitude and motivation to which FPET aspires.
With regard to the personnel who carry out the Church’s charitable activity on the practical level, the essential has already been said: they must not be inspired by ideologies aimed at improving the world, but should rather be guided by the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6).
Consequently, more than anything, they must be persons moved by Christ’s love, persons whose hearts Christ has conquered with his love, awakening within them a love of neighbour.
The criterion inspiring their activity should be Saint Paul’s statement in the Second Letter to the Corinthians: ‘the love of Christ urges us on’ (5:14).
The consciousness that, in Christ, God has given himself for us, even unto death, must inspire us to live no longer for ourselves but for him, and, with him, for others.
The above quote can be better understood by study of the whole of this very timely encyclical which speaks clearly on human love, love of God and love of neighbour.