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True Love

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Dorothy Day

Whenever I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families, in our work, in all our relationships? God is Love. Love casts out fear. Even the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change the world, to overturn the tables of the money-changers, is trying to make a world where it is easier for people to love, to stand in that relationship to each other…. There can never be enough of it….

True love is delicate and kind, full of gentle perception and understanding, full of beauty and grace, full of joy unutterable.

There should be some flavor of this in all our love for others. We are all one. We are one flesh in the Mystical Body as man and woman are said to be one flesh in marriage.

With such a love one would see all things new; we would begin to see people as they really are, as God sees them….

It is surely an exercise of faith for us to see Christ in each other. But it is through such exercise that we grow and the joy of our vocation assures us we are on the right path. Certainly, it is easier to believe now that the sun warms us, and we know that buds will appear on the trees in the wasteland across the street, that life will spring out of the dull clods of that littered park across the way….

Those who cannot see Christ in the poor are atheists indeed.