Friday, November 22, 2013

God helps us to Love

We really are left in a great journey trying to understand what love is, how it works, and the way that things can come out of it. I have really been left in a great gap over the past year. And in that gap I have realized that I am also being wrapped up in the love of Christ. This realization has not come easily. In fact it is something that has been very hard won. But Christ has helped to cultivate good things in my heart.

I am very grateful for the faith community of St. Mary's Catholic Church. This environment has been good for me in several ways. Here I was received into the Full Communion of the Church. Here I fell in love, and I also lost that. But I have come to realize, objectively at least, that the entire time I was really being wrapped up in love.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the deaths of President John F. Kennedy, author Aldous Huxley, and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis. All three of these men left their marks on society and culture. How we as people interact with the world and with each other. But Lewis left us something else, understanding in how to approach God when it comes to love.

I grew up in a very loving Christian home, and one of the things that we always got to do was learn lessons of life from stories. Tales of adventure and valor, quests of intrigue and mystery. Lewis was the author of some of the first stories that I read. From Lewis, I learned about Aslan, how he was not a tame Lion, but that He is Good. Later on I learned that I needed to learn to know Him in my world, by a different Name, and come to Love Him even more.

I am very thankful to Lewis for teaching me these things about God. About how much we mean to Him. And how in a very concise thought, he can show us how God teaches us to Love.

God lends us a little of His reasoning powers and that is how we think: He puts a little of His love into us and that is how we love one another. When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters: that is, it forms the letters because you are forming them. We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it. - Mere Christianity

We are all so dependent upon God. For absolutely everything. He is Love, and so He helps us to Love. God is teaching us to Love. Thanks be to God. May we love Him with complete devotion and passion.

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