"If heavenly grace and true charity enter your dwelling, there shall be in it no envy or narrowness of heart, nor shall self-love reside there. For divine charity is all-conquering and enlarges all the powers of the soul."
Thomas a Kempis
"To love someone means to see him as God intended him."
"Love is the opener as well as closer of eyes."
"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost."
"Love never reasons but profusely gives……gives like a thoughtless prodigal, it’s all and trembles then, lest it has done too little."
"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Philippians 2:1-4, ESV
"Enlarge me in love, that I may learn to taste with the inward palate of my heart how sweet it is to love, and to melt and bathe in love."
Thomas a Kempis
"When man encounters the love of God in Christ, not only does he experience what genuine love is, but he is also confronted with the undeniable fact that he, a selfish sinner, does not himself possess true love."
Hans Urs von Balthasar
"The poem of the Gospel deals with existence and is intended to rise like yeast. Its style is just the opposite of a message that tries to control our lives with slogans and principles."
"All bodies, the firmament, the stars, the earth and its kingdoms, are not equal to the lowest mind; for mind knows all these and itself; and these bodies nothing. All bodies together, and all minds together, and all their products, are not equal to the least feeling of love. This is of an order infinitely more exalted."