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Love

MEDITATION:

Written by C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), a British writer and lay theologian.  This is from his work “Mere Christianity.”

What we call “being in love” is a glorious state, and, in several ways, good for us. It helps to make us generous and courageous, it opens our eyes not only to the beauty of the beloved but to all beauty, and it subordinates (especially at first) our merely animal sexuality; in that sense, love is the great conqueror of lust. No one in his senses would deny that being in love is far better than either common sensuality or cold self-centeredness. But, as I said before, ‘the most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of our own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs’. Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go. And in fact, whatever people say, the state called ‘being in love’ usually does not last.

PRAYER:

From the “Carmina Gadelica”,  six volumes of prayers, hymns, blessings, songs, proverbs and literary folkloric poems from the Gaelic speaking regions of Scotland.  Compilation of the works began by Alexander Carmichel between 1860 and 1909.

Peace between neighbors, peace between kindred. Peace between lovers, in love of the King of life.

Peace between person and person, peace between wife and husband, peace between woman and children. The peace of Christ above all peace.

Bless, O Christ, my face, let my face bless every thing; Bless, O Christ, mine eye, let mine eye bless all its sees.

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