"The root of Christian love is not the will to love, but the faith that one is loved. That faith that one is loved by God. That faith that one is loved by God although unworthy -- or, rather, irrespective of one's worth."
(NEW SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION, page 75)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
the root of Christian love
For some years now, I've been getting a morning email from Wayne Burns, with a quote from Merton. Lately, they have seemed especially simple yet profound to me. This one was from this morning. I love the turning of emphasis away from something that we are supposed to "do", and the reaching to a deeper, before source of love.
Photo by John P. Walsh F rom Alfred Delp S.J., Prison Writings , Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 2004: “So this Sunday we must again fol...