Catechism: fraternal correction


1829 The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest.


Fraternal correction comes from the words fraternal (“brotherly”) and correction (“amendment”). It means to kindly correct a brother in his life. A brother returning to the Lord is a joy for the Christian, for what was once lost is now found; what was once dead is now alive; what was once in darkness is now in the light.


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