A Faint Echo

We were created in, by and through Love. We were made for intimacy with God. Intimacy with God is at the heart of all our searching for human friendship and intimacy. We become more fully human only in relationship to our ever-deepening consciousness of and abandonment to God, the true source of fulfillment and love.

Happiness and peace is found in a self-emptying love that is made tangible in a relationship with another. Happiness and peace are not found in isolation. We are communal beings, the fruit of communal love made tangible within the loving exchange found in the triune God.

Human love is merely a faint echo of divine love. Human love is weak, imperfect and prone to failure because of our engrained selfishness. But every loving human relationship, no matter how flawed, teaches us – if we are open and willing to learn – about the constantly beckoning, always giving, ever deepening, perpetually self-emptying
love of God.

Love is not merely romance. Love is a school where you learn to let go of all that is not God so you can be filled with God. When two become one flesh they begin to sense the beautiful unity of God and begin to take feeble steps toward true self-emptying intimacy for which each of us was created.

We have turned the words “I love you” into a trite expression – spoken today, forgotten tomorrow – but they are the most powerful words we can ever utter. We long to hear those words, words that God whispers every day. Every day, for God, is Valentine’s Day.


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