As I mentioned in my series on love, in the Tools And Resources article, I wrote that I was going to expand on some extra elements in the article on Eros. I mentioned that I would produce some articles focusing on gender and beauty; tips for a ManHusbandDad to pray for his beloved; and the romantic imagery in the Mass. This Series, ‘What’s Love got to do with it,’ expands on these important themes and topics. This will be an ongoing series, with articles and resources added as they become available or when a question needs answering. I encourage you to ask in the comments or via email any concerns you may have regarding “How do I DO that,” since I know a lot of what I preach may be harder to practice. We CAN do this together!
Let’s start with a mutual understanding:
We must always understand that The Four Loves (Agape, Eros, Storge, and Philia), go outward toward another person. Love is true when it is self-giving (outward), and it becomes selfish when it turns in toward itself. We are made in the image and likeness of God and all of our human love is a reflection of The Blessed Trinity. The Trinity, in its nature, is self-giving. All three divine persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) fully give of themselves eternally to the other in infinite ways. Although we are finite creatures, and our love is limited, we can still look to the Trinity to understand that since our nature is in the image and likeness of God, we too must be always self-giving to each other.
It is my hope that this series of articles will help inspire ManHusbandDads to fully understand in a greater detail what love is, apply it to their own personal lives, and become holier through the practice of the Twelve Righteous Virtues, whose foundation is in Love.