Week Of March 5th

From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom

Most people nowadays would not consider love as related in any way to truth.  Love is seen as an experience associated with the world of fleeting emotions, no longer with truth.  But is this an adequate description of love?  Love cannot be reduced to an ephemeral emotion.  True, it engages our affectivity, but in order to open it to the beloved and thus to blaze a trail leading away from self-centeredness and toward another person, in order to build a lasting relationship; love aims  at union with the beloved.  Here we begin to see how love requires truth.  Only to the extent that love is grounded in truth can it endure over time, can it transcend the passing moment and be sufficiently solid to sustain a shared journey.  If love is not  tied to truth, it falls prey to fickle emotions and cannot stand the test of time.  True love, on the other hand, unifies all the elements of our person and becomes a new light pointing the way to a great and fulfilled life.  Without truth, love is incapable of establishing a firm bond; it cannot liberate our isolated ego or redeem it from the fleeting moment in order to create life and bear fruit.

Posted March 4, 2017