Office of Conciliation - Archdiocese of Chicago

F.Y.I.R. - For Your Information and Reflection

For Church Leaders and All of Us… Do You Love the People? …and How Will You Know When You Do?

  • First, we ought to decide that the people we serve truly matter – that they are worth the personal energy expended on their behalf.
  • Second, we ought to love people as they are, not as we wish they were. None of this “if only” stuff in ministry.
  • Third, we ought not to confuse the gift of interpersonal skills with having a pastoral heart for people.
  • And finally: from the evidence of His teachings, Jesus excuses no one from the mandate to love others…He would countenance no exceptions! Jesus is unconditionally inclusive!


Peter W. Marty, Do You Love People?, Christian Century, (Oct. 4, 2011)
Father Pat O’Malley, Perspectives on the Scriptures, Catholic New World, (Oct. 9-22, 2011)