In his talk, Dr. Timothy O’Donnell analyzed the Pope’s encyclical, Deus Caritas Est.

“The Pope points out that the love of Christ is not only demonstrated in Scripture but also later in Church History where Our Lord is encountered in His Word, in the Sacraments, and especially ‘in the Eucharist, where in the Church’s liturgy and her prayer, the followers experience the love of God and His presence and recognize that He has loved us first.’ This enables us to respond to the love of God. What is of particular importance for the believer is that he recognizes that God has already shown and proven His love. Loving our neighbor is certainly a path by which we come to encounter God and if we close our eyes to our neighbor, the Pope tells us that we will also be blinded towards God’s presence,” O’Donnell observed.