He is fond of saying, “Every person, everywhere will always do whatever they can to get as close as they can to what they perceive as love.”
During the Lenten season do you see yourself and other people chasing all sorts of things that you know and they know will not ultimately satisfy?
We chase money and power. We chase prestige and compliments. We chase pleasure and entertainment. We chase relationships and sex. We chase so many things in so many ways and invest so much time and effort and energy to pursue these things.
But in the end they are only ever substitutes or twisted forms of the one thing we desire: love.
“Every person, everywhere will always do whatever they can to get as close as they can to what they perceive as love.”
The most twisted folks actually pursue violence and hatred and bitterness because that is what they perceive as love.
A study was done amongst kindergarten children to see how they responded to a classmate who was in trouble or pain. When another child stumbled and fell and scraped their knee and was in distress, some of the children were indifferent. Some went to console their classmate with concern and affection.
Others went over and hit the child. That is because the children themselves had been abused at home by the people who were supposed to love them so they perceived love as hitting another person.
You see how sad and twisted we are? May God have mercy. We’re so messed up that we even perceive killing and violence, war, rape and torture as something good. We perceive it as a way to get love.
So during Lent when you are examining your loves, ask God to free you of your false loves. Ask to be freed from your distorted loves. Ask to be freed from all that is a substitute for love, so that in your freedom you will be granted the gift of true divine love.
Which is another name for the Divine Mercy.