Love, from a romantic or philosophical point of view, is something poets and writers talk about every day.
If we fear pain, then we essentially leave love at that same door.
Pain and sorrow have the capacity to break our hearts open so that we expand our understanding and awareness of love’s infinity.
If we allow our anguish to cushion or curb every decision we make then we have already lost the worthiness of that experience.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
It should be said, though, that it contains more mysteries than certainties.
But when it comes to falling in love — from a biological point of view — neurologists are the ones who an give us the most accurate picture.Our inner wounds and despair always serve our evolutionary gain.We can govern them with grace and dress them in love’s essence to find some beauty in the affliction.In pain we descend into what feels like an abyss of melancholy and in love we find redemption to ascend to great heights.How can we be fully exposed to appreciate love’s light without first being brave enough to chance pain’s darkness? It is an intrinsic part of our story and a natural vessel to the fullness of living.Feeling broken-hearted is a relatable experience — I don’t believe anyone has ever escaped the sorrow of a heart in hurt.We may deny it as a way of shielding ourselves because there may be some small comfort in the shadow of negation. And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives, and it can change this world. Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we’re all here. Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, a scholar, a mystic.There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved, and you know it, when someone cares for you, and you know it, when you love and you show it – it actually feels right. But it’s not just for and about a young couple, who we rejoice with. Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses, and he went back and he reached back into the Hebrew scriptures, to Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” And then in Matthew’s version, he added, he said: “On these two, love of God and love of neighbour, hang all the law, all the prophets, everything that Moses wrote, everything in the holy prophets, everything in the scriptures, everything that God has been trying to tell the world… The advances of fire and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good. [Laughter] But those of us who came in cars, fire – controlled, harnessed fire – made that possible.