2017-41 The Movement of Pure Hearts

Only love gives sense to life

Dec 27, 2017 LOA Editorial Office

Happiness is rooted in love, St. John Paul II wrote. If we do not find true love then we will not be happy. To find happiness means to find love.

God created us in His image and likeness (Gen 1:27), He gave us reason, free will and capability to love. Love is the greatest gift you can receive and the greatest gift you can offer to others.

Unselfish gift

Only love gives meaning to the life of man who “cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” (Vatican Council II, Gaudium et spes, 24). Man and woman were given by God the ability to love, which is to become a selfless gift of self to their spouse. In this way, as spouses, they become the source of life and love for their children. People living in the celibate state are also called to love, which they should express in a manner consistent with their position.

Love is selfless giving, not self-seeking

Saint John Paul II writes: “Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible to himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This is why Christ the Redeemer ‘fully reveals man to himself’” (Redemptor hominis, 10).

The ability to be a total gift to others and to express love was called by John Paul II “the spousal meaning of the body.” He wrote: “The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus be a sign of it.” (Theology of marriage 19,4).

Love is selfless giving, not self-seeking

We should remember that the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Cor 6:19), that we are the body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor 12:27), His work (cf. Eph 2:10). One must also remember that the human body “can never be reduced to mere matter: it is a spiritualized body, just as man’s spirit is so closely united to the body that he can be described as an embodied spirit.” (John Paul II, Letter to families, 19). The human body is the manifestation of the person. Whatever we do with the body, we do with the person. The body influences the soul and the soul influences the body. Therefore, sins of impurity that are consciously and voluntarily committed bring the whole man, body and soul, to the loss of salvation and the path to damnation and enslavement by evil spirits.

“The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine” (St. John Paul II)

St. Paul warns: “Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself.” (1 Cor 6:18). And he reminds: “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers — none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1Cor 6:9-10)

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