Thought of the Day April 5, 2019 True and false love

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"The measure of love is love without measure....We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us....There are four degrees of love: 1. Love of self for self's sake; 2. Love of God for self's sake; 3. Love of God for God's own sake; 4. Love of self for God's sake....Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

How different is the world's understanding of love. The love which is proposed by the world is empty in time because it is self-focused. It is like a boomerang. It is thrown in order for it to come back to me. True love is like an arrow, shot from a bow. When it hits bulls eye the archer feels elated. What do you want your love to be like, that reflected by St. Bernard or that reflected by the world?

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