As anyone who has spent any time with me or visiting any of our sites can attest, my passion is all about love. Many folks will speak about having a life message – for some this is justice, could be mercy, mission, business, ethics, etc. For me, my passion is love – specifically divine love and how we can experience it, how it heals us, reconciles us, inspires us, protects us and brings a sense of purpose and significance as nothing else!
To this end I have spent a great deal of time exploring love and realized that while the term is thrown around, many peoples understanding of love is anemic (mine included). I have written extensively about what I call the Love Paradigm which seeks to address the issue of anemic love and illustrate the concrete nature of love in all of life. Love is the most courageous, life / world changing, creative force on the planet but not in an abstract anemic form which is often shallow, "wishy-washy", or self centred.
The following was written by Pedro, Arrupe who was the 28th Superior General Secretary of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). As you read this, allow the words to resonate within your heart and by simple grace allow them to speak to you about you – about your passions, relationships perhaps those things that may lay dormant or buried under the busyness of life and circumstances.
Nothing is more practical than finding God that is, than falling in love. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.