Doing Love

Man on a wheel chair

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

17 thoughts on “Doing Love

  1. Perpetua, I like this quote a lot. Love is often viewed as merely a feeling or an expression of words, but love manifests itself in behavior, without which the feelings and words are without much substance. Thanks for this deep reminder.

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