Love is the most powerful force in the universe. In the depths of the soul we are loved by God. This is the deepest secret of being human, the bond of love that is at the core of our being and belongs to all that exists….Love and care—care for each other, care for the Earth—are the simplest and most valuable human qualities. And love belongs to oneness. We know this in our human relationships, how love draws us closer. It can also awaken us to the awareness that we are one human family, even as our politics become more divisive. And on the deepest level, love can reconnect us with our essential unity with all of life, with the Earth herself. Love speaks the language of oneness, of unity rather than separation. Love can open us to our deep participation in the life of the whole; it can teach us once again how to listen to life, feel life’s heartbeat, sense its soul. It can open us to the sacred within all of creation and can reconnect us with our primal knowing that the Divine is present in everything—in every breath, every stone, every animate and inanimate thing. In the oneness of love, everything is included, and everything is sacred.
Let us love one another, for love comes from God.
1 John 4:7-8
Reflect on your own experience. How does love enrich you? Does love call you to unity? Is it inclusive? Does it help you see everything as sacred? Who and what is included in your love? Who or what are excluded?
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
You should love everyone because God dwells in all beings.
Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Since our peace lies in loving as God loves, we must strive to love everyone. The only love that completes us is the love of God, and the love of God is the love of everyone.
Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things.
The love of all living creatures ids the most noble attribute of man.