All You Need Is Love
A wise woman shared a simple thought with me recently. It was a quote from a Salada tea bag from many years ago. It said: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” We have the power within us to see things from various perspectives. It’s actually a bit frightening to me! How do we know if what we are seeing is true - or if it is simply what we want to see - or what others want us to see?
In many ways, ignorance is bliss (and that’s really okay), but in other situations, we must strive to see the truth. All of this amidst the chaos of our modern society where millions of messages are being bombarded at us on any given day — from the television, billboards, the phones in our hands — to the computers, radios, and even Bluetooth headsets where the information feels like it is being received directly into our heads. It’s no wonder anxiety is so prevalent. We are simply not meant to process this amount of information.
Additionally, now that everyone and his/her mother (including me!) has a means to voice his or her opinion, who do we trust as the true authority? I personally have swayed back and forth on some issues. In some situations, ignorance was bliss, and I was better off not knowing the latest teachings on a given subject. In other circumstances, it was absolutely essential that I know more and not rely on my basic education of the subject. In those cases, I was surprised at how my thoughts shifted with the new knowledge. In all matters, I still consider that anything I think I know is simply what has been taught to me by someone else — and what do they really know??
I have finally and happily come to a beautiful and peaceful place. All I need to know is what I know for certain at the depths of my being. if all of my thoughts and actions flow forth from love, all will be as true as it can possibly be. To give love, I must receive the grace from the One who is love — God. So, as St. Augustine said: “Love God and do as you please.” Because once we put God first and focus on loving Him, we will receive everything we need to know, to love, to live and so much more that we could never receive from any source of information here on this earth. As always, St. Paul speaks to eloquently on this:
“Though I command languages both human and angelic -- if I speak without love, I am no more than a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains -- if I am without love, I am nothing. Though I should give away to the poor all that I possess, and even give up my body to be burned -- if I am without love, it will do me no good whatever.”
So then if “what we see depends mainly on what we look for,” and we are looking for the One who is love, we will see as clearly as we can at this moment and place in time. Again, St. Paul tells us: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Today and every day, let’s turn off all the noise and look inward and upward to the One who is love for all of the answers we need.
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