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January 8th, 2014
Rachel Marlow
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Today’s reading talks about how God is love.  I think love is how we get to experience God on earth and in our lives. 

One of my favorite quotes about love:
“Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. “
-Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Love affects everything, and is everywhere.  This quote skims the surface of everything that love influences, but I think it hits a lot of the major things.  Love will be there through the happy times, during your free time and the times when you are with people you care about and reading books you enjoy.  Love will also be there through the rough times, when your heart breaks.  But love will also be there to fill you with joy, and most importantly, gratitude.  The happiest people are the most thankful people, for they recognize what they have and are grateful for the gifts they are given.

I think something else that is important that this quote points out is that you not only need to fall in love, you need to stay in love.  Love is not just a one-time feeling, and we move onto something else when the initial excitement wears off.  Love is a commitment, and we need to work to strengthen our love every day.  We need to keep reading to find more favorite books, we need to keep talking to strangers to find those who will change our life, and most importantly, we need to stay in touch with God to make sure that our love is truly love, coming from the right source.

God bless.

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