Jules van Schaijik
#1, Jan 21, 2014 3:50am
Thanks for posting this Kate. Turning others into "an object of our love for God" is easier than one would think. Years ago, a friend of mine said something similar. He was "being evangelized" by a nice person at the office but couldn't escape the uncomfortable feeling of being treated as an "it" rather than as a "thou".
Crosby's intro to von Hildebrand's Nature of Love has a very good section on the theoretical version of this problem. He criticizes the idea that true love (agape) is rooted exclusively in God. He shows how this pious sounding theory is really very depersonalizing.
#2, Jan 22, 2014 1:24pm
The Paul VI Mass translation comes to mind here:
"Father, may you see and love in us what you see and love in Christ"
Catholicism recognizes that the person is not annihilated or substituted by the righteousness of Christ, but rather, is 'infused' with the grace of Jesus in one's person--while remaining distinctly that same person but more Christ-like.
On the other hand, Luther adopted the idea that the grace of Jesus is merely 'imputed' to a person, so that the 'dung-heap' that the person is may be disguised by the 'snow' of Christ's righteousness.
This is the argument for Catholic Justification