We were made by a power of love, and our lives were meant – and are meant – to be lived in that love. The New Testament says it this way: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. “For God is love.” (1 John 4:4-8)But love is not only about a young couple. He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life, for the good of others, for the good of the other, for the wellbeing of the world… Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – and with this I will sit down, we gotta get you all married [laughter] – French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, great spirits of the 20th century.
love God, love your neighbours, and while you’re at it, love yourself.”Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world – and a movement mandating people to live that love, and in so doing to change not only their lives but the very life of the world itself! I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water.
Love, from a romantic or philosophical point of view, is something poets and writers talk about every day.
We’d all love to sink ourselves into those literary worlds where they romanticize this kind of feeling.
And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives, and it can change this world.
Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive.It should be said, though, that it contains more mysteries than certainties.But when it comes to falling in love — from a biological point of view — neurologists are the ones who an give us the most accurate picture.This love lights our way through the darkness so we can galvanize strength and compassion for ourselves and others.The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself.In pain we descend into what feels like an abyss of melancholy and in love we find redemption to ascend to great heights.How can we be fully exposed to appreciate love’s light without first being brave enough to chance pain’s darkness? It is an intrinsic part of our story and a natural vessel to the fullness of living.That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape of love. Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up! In some of his writings, he said, from his scientific background as well as his theological one, in some of his writings he said - as others have - that the discovery, or invention, or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no Industrial Revolution without fire. Nod your heads if you did – I know there were some carriages.A heartache many of us are accustomed to is one of a love lost or unrequited. And pain is something that bonds us to another with the same intensity as love — both emotions are deeply profound and immense.Vulnerability asks that we tear away our foundations of perceived safety so that we connect to each other with open hearts; and when we do so, pain too is a card on the table because this is what it means to love. We shout love from the roof tops and bury pain in a forsaken grave.