[W]e can vow to love and learn to love the way Divine Mystery loves us.
The center of spiritual life is a passionate love of truth. The illuminated heart loves in this way, not because we know what we are going to find or have proof of God, but because love creates us. Love sustains us. Love is the beginning. We do not love because we want something. We love the Holy because love is the first prayer, the first passion; love poetry gave birth to us.
When we love unconditionally, without motive, with our whole being, and without desire for love in return, we co-create and participate in the flowing out of love. We don’t ask for a demonstration, we don’t demand to be healed of errors or wounds. We can make a commitment now, we can vow to love and learn to love the way Divine Mystery loves us.
Loving the Holy in all things is the beginning, middle, and end of monastic devotion. The capacity to love without condition puts our hearts in touch with the original spark that animates creation. The miracle of love is that even if we have never received unconditional love from another person, we have the capacity to be the home of love. We have within ourselves the ability to be the source of love. Love can be our daily practice.
Beverly Lanzetta, © 2016. Excerpt from, “Divine Love Lecture,” Monastic Retreat, 2007.
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