Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Authentic Love

Authentic love is not a vague sentiment or a blind passion.  It is an inner attitude that involves the whole human being.  It is looking at others, not to use them but to serve them.  It is the ability to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and to suffer with those who are suffering.  It is sharing what one possesses so that no one may continue to be deprived of what he needs.  Love, in a word, is the gift of self.

~ John Paul II
Angelus Prayer
Rome, 1994

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