God loves the wicked and the blasphemous – but till when? The contrast between the good and the bad thief…

The Gospel of Saint Luke relates that two thieves were crucified with Jesus: one on his right and the other on his left. One of them, repentant, prayed to Jesus: ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom’ (Lk 23: 42). The other was obstinate in his sins and blasphemed. The first received pardon and Paradise. The other received Jesus’ silence. In the example these two thieves, God manifests the limits of his love and mercy for men.

Is it correct to affirm that God always loves the sinner, even the obstinate and blasphemous sinner? What does the sinner need in order to receive divine love and mercy? Let’s go into the nuances with the Magisterium of the Church… Read on

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