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God is love

June 2015 | María Claustre Solé, odn (Barcelona, España) | Spirituality

Experience tells us that "love" and “to love" are the most common and most endearing words of the human language, accessible to all men and women in all places, at all times and in different cultures. Indeed, the human being grows, is fulfilled and finds happiness in love; the purpose of existence is love.

Confidence is closely related to love and only love can give us the joy of living. In the confidence that comes from love our life is integrated, is humanized, it is fulfilled. This is the witness given by people who have made love their life goal. As St. Augustine said, Love and do what you want. Saint Therese of Lisieux claimed that the Christian life is not to think much but to love much. More recently, this is the way it was understood and lived out by Cointa M. Jauregui. She translated it into everyday service as expressions of love in little details.

The theme of love is present every day in our world in the media, but how often it is manipulated, conditioned and constrained! Why is it so difficult for so many people to satisfy this vital need that allows us to grow, mature and ultimately feel fulfilled and happy? Why is love often linked to so much pain and frustration? When we lack love we turn to substitutes, and material things become more and more important. We are in a society where almost everything has a price, but love cannot be bought or sold, or stolen or demanded. Quite often we experience a love that expects something in return, loving because one is attracted by the object loved and a person loves precisely because of this. True love can only be offered and accepted, given and received, in and with freedom.

Psychology tells us that we cannot love others if we do not start by loving ourselves and we cannot love ourselves if we have not felt loved before, dearly loved. Here's the key. To transform into Love means learning to love freely: be an outstretched hand ready to give without expecting anything in return.

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María Claustre Solé, odn: Doctor of theology, specializing in Holy Scripture, Professor at the Faculty of Theology in Catalonia and the Institute of Religious Sciences in Barcelona.


 

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Gloria cecilia Londoño ciro says:
Maria Claustre, me ha gustado el enfoque de tu artículo sobre el amor de Dios y el amor a los demás incluyéndonos nosotras mismas. es un amor abierto a otros y pienso que es necesario fortalecer las experiencias gratuitas de amor de tal manera que demos testimonio del gozo de amar y no solo de presentar el costo del amor o el sufrir cuando se ama. Para mí, amar va unido a la experiencia de gozo como la imagen de la novia en Cantar de los cantares o en los poetas de los poetas. Nuestro mundo requiere volver a las dimensiones de trascendencia que se dan cuando se ama y se da una entrega generosa al otro, capaz de ir más allá de los propios horizontes. Gloria Cecilia,odn, desde Colombia