The following is an article I wrote for Grandin Media, reflecting on the ways in which recognizing we are loved by God influences how we live and how we act.
If you spend any amount of time around the Church, you are likely to hear some discussion about God’s love for us. It’s written into many of our liturgical prayers.
You might hear scripture passages like “God is love” (1 John 4:8) or “For God so loved the world He gave His only Son…” (John 3:16). Some homilists and speakers like to quote saints poetic descriptions of what God’s love for us actually means. (One of my favorites comes from Pope Benedict XVI: “Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.”)
The reason that the topic of God’s love comes up so often is simple: it’s foundational to our understanding of why God made us. St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us via the Catechism that “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened (God’s) hand” (CCC #293).
All of that being said, our ongoing understanding of God’s love can have a much more personal meaning: the simple fact of knowing we are loved has an impact on how we live and on how we act. I had my clearest lesson in understanding what this means the first time I took one of my kids to get stitches.
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