Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This is why Christ the Redeemer fully reveals man to himself...
In this dimension man finds again the greatness, dignity and value that belong to his humanity.
In the mystery of the Redemption man becomes newly "expressed" and, in a way, is newly created. He is newly created! "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus"*. The man who wishes to understand himself thoroughly-and not just in accordance with immediate, partial, often superficial, and even illusory standards and measures of his being-he must with his unrest, uncertainty and even his weakness and sinfulness, with his life and death, draw near to Christ. He must, so to speak, enter into him with all his own self, he must "appropriate" and assimilate the whole of the reality of the Incarnation and Redemption in order to find himself. If this profound process takes place within him, he then bears fruit not only of adoration of God but also of deep wonder at himself. How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he "gained so great a Redeemer"*, and if God "gave his only Son "in order that man "should not perish but have eternal life"*.
Over the past 150 years, Christians have applied themselves to developing and releasing a rich heritage of information derived from studies blended with experience over the decades through evolutions of persons, societies and cultures, including wars, shifts and development booms. This body of knowledge is now called Catholic Social Doctrine.
Each tenet of social doctrine is founded upon the core anthropological view of the human person as made 'imago Dei' - in God's own Divine Image - and, although fallen through sin, is redeemed by God's own Son, Jesus Christ, through his Incarnation, Death, Resurrection from the dead and subsequent Glory in heaven, from where He has imparted to humanity His Holy Spirit and ushered in a revolution of Love intended to restore each human person to wholeness, draw each heart close to His, and lead us into the establishment of His Kingdom here on earth.
It is imperative that any conversation about the social doctrine of the Catholic church only take place with this basic view of the human person: Divine, dignified and destined for greatness.