What is love?
Our words can confuse the answer. I say: I love cheesecake; I love my family and friends; I love writing; I love watching football; I love God. This often overused word “love” can’t always mean the same thing.
What I know is that real love gives the gift of being. I am formed by love, sustained by love, conformed by love, and remain in love forever if I truly let real love make me into who I am meant to be.
I know that I am truly loved.
With Valentine’s Day and National Marriage Week coinciding, I believe it’s worth reflecting upon the ideal way — the divinely intended way — through which each and every one of us comes into existence, body and soul.
I’m not married and, in fact, have never had a romance. But I know the answer to the title question. Yes, I am loved. Not only by my family and friends, but first and foremost by the One who loved me into being.
And so are you.
We are not always conceived through the loving union of a woman and a man in this world that has fallen from the intimate, earthly experience of Paradise. But each and every one of us was conceived by God in love. For God is love, and our trillion-galaxied universe, our lovely, lively little Earth, and every amazing creature is given the gift of existence through God’s self-giving — through love fulfilled. God didn’t need to create anything, but He did.
“God so loved the world that He created it.”Tweet
You and I, my dear reader, are created to know the reality of divine love. God created us as persons, as images of God, so that we could share in the life of real love — in the life of God.
“God’s will for us, our reason for being, is to realize that we are particularly and eternally loved by our Creator, to freely receive and return that love, to personally appreciate and participate in the beloved goodness of Creation, and to experience now and forever the divine fulfillment of giving ourselves to others in love. In genuinely living as God’s images, we are fully human, partaking of God’s eternal life of love, experiencing the profound joy—the paradise—of life.”quoted from It’s Good to Be Here
If you’ve never received real love from another human being, if the world deems you unlovable, if you yourself think that you are not worthy of the profound goodness and beauty of love, then please remember this: you exist because of Love.
You would not be here without love. For the Creator of all has loved you into being.Tweet
Life here and now isn’t all about chocolate and roses, that’s for sure. There is real heartache in our human lives, sorrow, and pain. God knows.
“For God so loved the world that He came down to live in it.” (It’s Good to Be Here, Sophia Institute Press)
Are you loved? Yes! You are love so profoundly that the Creator and Master of the universe chose to become a little human like you, to experience your sufferings with you, all of your wonders and struggles. He loves you so much that He has intimately united His divinity to your humanity always and everywhere. You are so infinitely loved that God who is immortal even tasted death in order to bring you to the fullness of life.
Help me tell the world why it’s good to be here by sharing this reflection on social media and with your friends. Find the images on my social media accounts and share them as well. And tune into your local EWTN radio affiliate this Saturday (February 15) at 2 PM Eastern when I will be interviewed on The Good Fight. (Find your local station HERE.)
Too many people think that they are alone in this world. But we are never alone, never abandoned, because real love — divine love — never fails.
© 2020 Christina Chase
Although crippled by disease, I am fully alive in love. I write about the profound wonder and terrible beauty of life while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Unafraid to ask life's big questions, I was briefly an atheist and considered other religions before finding, in God's choice to intimately share our humanity, what it truly means to be fully human. A revert to the Catholic Faith, I blog weekly and have written a book called It's Good to Be Here.