love lasts for eternity

“In a world gone astray from God there is no peace, but it also lacks charity,
which is true and perfect love…
Nothing is more beautiful than love.
Indeed, faith and hope will end when we die, whereas love, that is, charity,
will last for eternity.”

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

“We might say the whole mystery of our redemption in Christ,
by his incarnation, his death, and his resurrection, consists of this marvelous exchange:
in the heart of Christ, God has loved us humanly,
so as to render our human hearts capable of loving divinely.
God became man so that man might become God—might love as only God is capable of loving,
with the purity, intensity, power, tenderness,
and inexhaustible patience that belongs to the divine love.
It is an extraordinary source of hope and a great consolation to know that,
by virtue of God’s grace working in us
(if we remain open to it by persevering in faith, prayer, and the sacraments),
the Holy Spirit will transform and expand our hearts to the point of one day
making them capable of loving as God loves.”

Fr. Jacques Philippe, p. 67-8

8 comments on “love lasts for eternity

  1. Lynda Clayton says:

    “God became man so that man might become God” is a powerful doctrine of the Eastern Church – the doctrine of divinization. I find it so amazing and the more I reflect on it, the more I believe that this was Christ’s mission – that we all may be one! Blessings.

  2. Citizen Tom says:

    Hell would be to spend eternity as we are now. It is a cinch God wouldn’t want to have anything to do with us.

    There can only be one God, but He is infinite. So, we can always grow to be more like Him.

    • I saw the funniest bumper sticker heading home today from Atlanta. On one side of the car they had a sticker about Jesus as the only way— the other sticker was hilarious— hell is currently closed due to fire—
      A needed smile while navigating traffic.

      You’re right Tom— I once heard it put that hell is the total absence of God—
      That means no last minute reprieve, no constant companion….absolutely zero hope.
      That, to me, is the most sorrowful and desolate thought— a complete and total separation from an unconditional love — that would indeed be Hell

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