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Doing love

I decided to continue with more from Henri Nouwen on this simple yet challenging subject.

“Often we speak about love as if it is a feeling.  But if we wait for a feeling of love before loving, we may never learn to love well.  The feeling of love is beautiful and life-giving, but our loving cannot be based in that feeling.  To love is to think, speak, and act according to the spiritual knowledge that we are infinitely loved by God and called to make that love visible in this world.

“Mostly we know what the loving thing to do is.  When we ‘do’ love, even if others are not able to respond with love, we will discover that our feelings catch up with our acts.”  Henri Nouwen
The Cats Back, NE Oregon

The Cats Back, NE Oregon

Gratitude, Love, and God’s Goodness

Thomas Merton says it so well: we have the ultimate reason for gratitude and wonder–God’s unfailing love for us.


β€œTo be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. 
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” 
― Thomas Merton


Wallowa Lake

Vasquez Rocks, CA