Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 129

129.  The joy of this contemplative love needs to be cultivated.  Since we were made for love, we know that there is no greater joy than that of sharing good things:  "Give, take, and treat yourself well" (Sir 14:16).  The most intense joys in life arise when we are able to elicit joy in others, as a foretaste of heaven.  We can think of the lovely scene in the film Babette's Feast, when the generous cook receives a grateful hug and praise: "Ah, how you will delight the angels!"  It is a joy and a great consolation to bring delight to others, to see them enjoying themselves.  This joy, the fruit of fraternal love, is not that of the vain and self-centered, but of lovers who delight in the good of those whom they love, who give freely to them and thus bear good fruit.