Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
For Love is strong as Death,
longing is fierce as Sheol.
Its arrows are arrows of fire,
flames of the divine.
Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor rivers sweep it away.
Were one to offer all the wealth of his house for love,
he would be utterly despised.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Looking forward to reading this book because of this quote!
Pornography is for Cowards – via NC Register
Anytime we follow Jesus in risking love, we become the men he wants us to be. We become like him. His love was never exercised in vain; neither will ours. Even unrequited love makes us holy, forms us into “men of whom the world is not worthy” and prepares us for that “far better country” and “the City that is prepared for us.” – Vaugh Kohler
Yes, yes, yes! I’ve known guys of varying ages and backgrounds who have been trapped, and thus are dying inside! You can see it in their eyes, and you can certainly see it in their relationships.
This is not who God made us to be! St. Catherine of Siena once said that “If we are who we were made to be, we would light the world on fire!” There is nothing inspiring about stories of lust: our hearts are moved by stories of LOVE, especially that love that Bl. Pope John Paul II defined as the “act of the will that consists of preferring in a constant manner the good of others to the good of oneself.”
So gentlemen, if you’re tired of hiding and wimping out, if you can feel the depths of your hearts crying out for the chance to truly live, put on your armor, draw your sword, and fight for love. And know this: in this epidemic of gigantic proportions in our society today, you are certainly not alone in this fight. If you seek help, you’ll find it.
If you do this, you’ll begin to become who you were made to be: you will learn to truly love and truly live, and so you will become the man that God made you to be, the man that is needed by your family, by your friends and colleagues, and by the world. And in doing this, you will glorify God with your life, as St. Irenaeus said: “The glory of God is man fully alive!”
Who are you? – via Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction
Sometimes we get weird, strange, harmful, and downright bad ideas from assorted places about who we are, or who we’re supposed to be, or how we’re to label ourselves and others. This is a great list to remind us of who we truly are and who we are made to be. Never settle for less!
“The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!” – Pope Benedict XVI