In a Catholic book (and then online, after some research), I have come across several Catholics who are very comfortable declaring that God loves some people more than others. Mary is cited as as being loved “the most” and it is seen as an attack on the hierarchy in Heaven to believe that God loves us all equally. Some people equated the granting of blessings and talents as a sign of God love, and of some being loved more because they are more holy and blessed.
I found this to be very alarming and simplistic, honestly. For example, does God love me more than my friends, who show no interest in Catholicism? Does God love me more than my mentally retarded cousin? etc. Did God love Michelangelo more than a lesser artist? It’s very discouraging and seems to encourage pride.
I am perfectly content with God creating people with different capacities and talents. It seems to me that we live in a divine ecosystem, and each has a part to play. In that divine ecosystem, a Pope is not more important than the lady who coordinates Eucharistic Adoration at my parish; they both are members of the Body of Christ, each doing needed work. Doesn’t Paul discuss the importance of every member of the Body of Christ? Shouldn’t we all feel equally loved and valued because we are baptized into that most estimable body?
It seems logical that God would be more pleased with some based on their good choices and love for Him. But not that he would love one child more or less. My parents love all of my siblings equally, no matter what we do. When we disobey, we hurt our parents, but they don’t stop loving us. My parents don’t love one child more than another just because one is more obedient; they do “approve” of one more than another at times, but the love is always unconditional.
I realize there will be some who disagree with me on all this. However, is this a point on which we can disagree? It isn’t dogma either way, is it?
Along those lines, if something isn’t ruled on in the Catechism, is it safe to say that it’s open to interpretation? The Catechism seems to just say that God loves everyone, without comment of loving some less, or more.
Thanks for any thoughts!