‘Love is a going forth of the soul, not a contract; it is not the result of a convention, and is not to be acquired by agreement; it is spontaneous in its impulses, and likens us to itself; also true love is its own satisfaction. Its recompense lies in the object of its love; for whatever be that which we seem to love, if our real object be something else, it is really that something which we love, and not that by which our heart strives to attain it.’
– St. Bernard (On the Love of God)
excellent nugget. But love also perseveres when the impulses are ground down by an ungrateful recipient – a cross-patch patient for example. I’m sure we’ve each of us been both hurt and hurtful, Mea culpa!
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That is very true. I wonder which is greater and which is first: the love that is desire or the love that is sacrifice?