May 23

Reflection

To love as God loves is to love freely and gratuitously. It is to hold all creation in reverence, all living things with wonder and care, and all people with respect. On a personal level, it is to try to love rather than seeking to be loved. It is a love based in true knowledge and confidence in ourselves, a realization that we are a part of the universe not the center of it, and a genuine caring for others. It is the challenge to try to offer a selfless love that makes no demands.

Prayer

O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek
To be loved as to love.
Francis of Assisi

Action

Try to discover in yourself the things that prevent you from loving others freely rather than expecting constant affirmation and support.

Suggested Reading

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon…
Where there is despair, hope…
O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand…
To be loved as to love…
The Prayer of St. Francis

As God has loved me,
so I have loved you. Remain in my love.
This is my commandment:
Love one another,
As I have loved you.
John 15: 9 -!0, 12-13

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle

Do all things with love.
Og Mandino

Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference — in our own lives and those of others
Sharon Salzberg.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

Love isn’t finding a perfect person. It’s seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
Sam Keen

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved, but rather by the one choosing to love.
Stephen Kendrick

Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.
Leo Buscaglia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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