Love

Photo: Linda Fouquet
Photo: Linda Fouquet

Where there is great love there are always miracles.

~ Willa Cather
(American author, 1873-1947)

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The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

~ Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O.
(French-American Trappist monk, writer, and social activist, 1915-1968)

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Love is patient; love is kind;
love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
and the greatest of these is love.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13

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Prayer

May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

~ A Four-fold Franciscan Blessing

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Action

Our concept of love is fraught with all sorts of perceptions and expectations. That is not love. True love – real love – lets go of everything. What is getting in the way of you being able to love and be loved?

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