“This transformative process — The freeing of love from attachment — is akin to the ancient biblical concept of salvation. … In contrast to life -denying asceticism that advocates freedom from desire, [Saint Teresa of Avila] and [Saint John of the Cross] see authentic transformation as leading to freedom for desire. For them, the essence of all human desire is love.”
Gerald May, The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth, 2004, p. 73
—–is not something we achieve
———-on our own
—–as if it were a college degree
—–or a merit raise.
—–it is patient
—–it knows no envy
—–it is full of trust
We might taste it,
—–but we cannot live it,
———-unless we are transformed.
———-unless our love is transformed,
—————from a grasping
——————————attachment to self,
—–to a free-falling trust into the Ground of all True Love
———-who comes to us in the vulnerability of a little baby
———-and in the sorrow of shattered body,
—————naked and bleeding,
——————–on a cross.
No one lives this Love apart from transformation.