In his new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict says, quote “Love is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.” End quote. We often think that “speaking the truth in love” simply means speaking it gently and kindly. But it’s more than that. As the Pope states, it means speaking it with courage and generosity, with a force that leads one to sacrifice oneself and to endure the opposition that always comes when we advance truth in the midst of falsehood. It also means that love never permits us to obscure the truth. Christian love is truth-filled love, and Christian truth is love-filled truth. It is a truth that never hesitates to defend the rights of others, starting with the right to life.