Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. (Emphasis added.)

1 Jn 4:8

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As we approach Valentine’s Day, we do well to stop and consider our love of another, the passionate love of another that can overwhelm us, come upon us like a sudden summer storm or cultivate in time like the seeds in the fields of plenty in this great fertile land.

Passion.  How does one explain it?

God creates each person to be ordered to the greatest blessings, to the greatest happiness and joy.  We can say we are ordered to the beatitudes; yes, ultimately to God and, since God is Love, to love itself – love of what is good, and those who manifest good in our life.

Our passions or deepest feelings at their best stimulate emotions, our sensitivities, and appetites to seek what is good and reject what is evil.

In our better selves we are attracted to who and what is good, and courageously oppose what is evil – no matter the cost.  Yes, the hero fights and dies for love just as the man and woman celebrate love in fidelity and embrace.

Our love and its passion is an attraction to what is good.  Yes, the best of our powerful attractions to another rest in this: we see the good in another and seek to be with it, to honor it – indeed what we experience in this other and their good is God, God’s work in them, God’s presence in them.  Love is, it follows, heavenly.

Likewise the love we have for another would have us sacrifice all for their benefit, their growth, their health, their prosperity, their welfare, their comfort, their happiness, their enrichment, their opportunity, their maturity, their contentment, their pleasure.

Yes, these others who are the object of our love are many: the mother and the child, the father and his children, the husband and his wife, the wife and her husband, the brother or sister for their siblings, children for their parents and grandparents, friends for one another, neighbors for one another, the soldier for his brothers in arms, the commander for his troops, Jesus for his flock, God for all his children.

Yes, our loving affection for another is just as St. Thomas Aquinas says: “To love is to will the good of another.”

In love at its best, you heart moves to what is good, and in this to God – the God within you joins the God in another.  Hence, the all-surpassing joy.

In coming to understand love, think earnestly about this – and you will be changed for the best, closer to God and humbled by the gift of love, that which is to be given and received.

Shalom.

Brothers and Sisters, please share this post with others, so we might all know love, and God.

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