Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What is Love?

I will let the Saints answer the question:
"It is love alone that counts."
-St. Therese
"Little things done out of love are those that charm the Heart of Christ… On the contrary, the most brilliant deeds, when done without love, are but nothingness."
-St. Therese
"True love is found only in complete self-forgetfulness, and it is only after we have detached ourselves from every creature that we find Jesus."
-St. Therese
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."
-St. Augustine
"Love is the most necessary of all virtues. Love in the person who preaches the word of God is like fire in a musket. If a person were to throw a bullet with his hands, he would hardly make a dent in anything; but if the person takes the same bullet and ignites some gunpowder behind it, it can kill. It is much the same with the word of God. If it is spoken by someone who is filled with the fire of charity - the fire of love of God and neighbor - it will work wonders."
-St. Anthony Mary Claret
"The proof of love is to suffer for the one you love."
-St. Padre Pio
"You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves."
-St. Francis de Sales
"What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul."
-St. Basil the Great
"When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now."
-Mother Teresa
"We can cure physical diseases with medicine but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more who are dying for a little love. Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So spread love everywhere you go."
-Mother Teresa
"Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves."
-John Paul II
"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others. "
-St. Clare of Assisi
"The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist."
-St. Gregory the Great

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