Hi, I’m love, and I’m confused. That’s right: very few people actually know what I am. I’m confused by them.
I’m actually quite simple though. To start out, just understand that I am a relationship between persons. Forget any notions that I’m some sort of fuzzy-wuzzy feeling—it just bores me to death when people think that I could be so superficial. I am a rich phenomenon, the gift of one person to another. Please respect me.
I, love, am not a mere stoic either. I combine attraction, desire, and good-will. In other words, when I do bring good feelings, this isn’t something you should ignore or belittle; it’s part of what makes me so rich and sought-after! Those good feelings are part of God’s built-in marketing strategy. They work, too. Just don’t get stuck on the promotional fliers and forget about meeting me in person. After all, love is a personal thing.
Stay tuned in the next few reflections as we follow PJII unpacking the essence of love for us in his Theology of the Body.
My Prayer with God
Father, life is short, and I have but one chance to live it. Help me to live it well. I don’t want to drown in the superficiality of a life wasted on things belonging merely to this world. Teach me to see beyond impulse and instinct to the beauty of your truth about me and mankind.
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This series is based on a systematical reflection of John Paul II’s great masterpiece on Theology of the Body, “Love & Responsibility.” Join us, one sub-heading at a time!