Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"What do I love when I love God?"

In response to Augustine's classic discussion of this question, Jurgen Moltmann writes profoundly of what love of God means and urges us towards a more embodied, holistic, and socially-oriented spirituality:

    "When I love God I love the beauty of bodies, the rhythm of movements, the shining of eyes, the embraces, the feelings, the scents, the sounds of all this protean creation.  When I love you, my God, I want to embrace it all, for I love you with all my senses in the creations of your love.  In all the things that encounter me, you are waiting for me.
    For a long time I looked for you within myself, and crept into the shell of my soul, protecting myself with an armour of unapproachability.  But you were outside - outside myself - and enticed me out of the narrowness of my heart into the broad place of love for life. So i came out of myself and found my soul in my senses, and my own self in others.
    The experience of God deepens the experiences of life. It does not reduce them, for it awakens the unconditional Yes to life. The more I love God the more gladly I exist. The more immediately and wholly I exist, the more I sense the living God, the inexhaustible well of life, and life's eternity."

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