Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 94

94.  Throughout the text, it is clear that Paul wants to stress that love is more than a mere feeling.  Rather, it should be understood along the lines of the Hebrew verb "to love"; it is "to do good".  As Saint Ignatius of Loyola said, "Love is shown more by deeds than by words".106  It thus shows its fruitfulness and allows us to experience the happiness of giving, the nobility and grandeur of spending ourselves unstintingly, without asking to be repaid, purely for the pleasure of giving and service.

106 Spiritual Exercises, Contemplation to Attain Love (230).