Do we love anyone or anything, and why?

Posted on May 30, 2011

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin or your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

— C. S. Lewis

Do we love anyone or anything, and why? Do we love a person because we want him or her to be happy, or because we want to please ourselves only? Do we love our work because we love the public we work for, or because we want to glorify ourselves alone?

We can never rule out self-interest in love, for how can we love others if we don’t even love ourselves? Let us then beg for the grace to harmonize love of self and love of neighbor. Amen.

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