I have a favorite passage in the CCC when thinking about the mystery of God as one God in three persons. Paragraph 221: But St. John goes even further when he affirms that “God is love.” God’s very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.
I put in bold the part I especially appreciate. It says so much about God. It also says a lot about us, created in his image. I think it was Matthew Kelly, a popular Catholic speaker, who I first heard highlight that this means we are created to love and be loved.
And what is love but to desire the good of the other as other… but how do we know the good if we don’t know what is true? Pope Benedict XVI emphasizes that love without truth is mere sentiment and truth without love is irrelevant (as in it can’t be heard – picture the resounding gong in 1 Corinthians 13:1).
Our spiritual goal of conversion to holiness and of fully living up to our dignity, of the image of God, will be lived out in right relationships, experienced in truth and love. May our journey through FTF help us to better learn what is true and therefore help us to better love! (Laurie E.)