The walk to the cross is one giant lesson on how to love well. We discover how truly fallen we are by discerning how many ways we’ve put limitations on others, for the sake of our hearts. Our bodies change and grow and get sick and tired. This shouldn’t matter, but absent love, it does. This world places much too much value on the condition of the body as proof of the value of the individual; it considers people like my father (now that his condition has worsened) and my son (since before birth) as unnecessary drains on society—as less worthy of attention, medical care, or love. Some even write about mercy-killing and euthanasia with nary a quibble about the reality of what the casual disposal of human beings does to society and the soul. If we can only love when it demands no sacrifice, then we do not love. What a hell on Earth we face if people only matter for what they can do—a society of takers, angry that no one and nothing can fill our voids…
When we try to eliminate suffering by eliminating those who suffer, we thwart our own potential to be surprised by the depths of love and how profoundly well we swim in them.
Love transforms part 2
May 11, 2012 by joyfulpapist