Mere survival, simply existing, in this world...is insufficient. Our hearts desire so much more. We are called to glory, a glory that is capable of being enhanced by our choices, and one of those choices is the choice to love and be loved. Saint John Paul II said it best in the image above, "man cannot live without love."
That quotation goes on to say, "He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him."
When he spoke of love I believe that JPII first and foremost was speaking of a love of Christ. The reason life for humanity would be so senseless is simple: our very purpose in life is love.
To love our God with all our heart, and from that love will come the joy and the meaning that so many have been unable to find.
There is something fierce in our hearts, something that cries out for the love of the Father, and whenever we try to fill that with something else we shall find ourselves still empty, life still senseless. But fill it with Him, with the joyful knowledge of His Presence. Then, when every action is motivated by that Divine Love you can take the next step.
The next step is no more complex than the last one, but it is certainly difficult: love your neighbor as yourself. I think we all struggle with this one. It is easier to say "I love God" than it is to say "I love that man or woman who just cut me off in traffic."
But let us take a moment and think it all through. First, as a Catholic man, attempting to be a Catholic Gentleman, I would say that God has made each and every human being.
Second, it stands to reason that having made them and because He loves them, God has a vested interest in each of these souls. Third, I cannot say where YOU are anyone else are in their relationship with God. That is not knowledge I possess, but knowing what I do know I can make one ascertain.
A God who made every human being, who cares for each human being must maintain a relationship with them( as long as they are open to such a call of communication and love).
And if God has an intimate relationship with you and with that person who just cut you off in traffic, how can you say you love God if you cannot forgive them? I personally like to think it is a good question to consider.
Now, none of this brings the idea of romantic love into the picture, but I will bring the topic up, if only briefly. And I bring it up here at the end for reasons that will become readily apparent. I recently read the book Wild at Heart, which speaks on the matter in a way I think very fitting.
A man must first love God and make God the sun around which orbits. Too often we turn to our significant other for the affirmation and support that can only truly come from God.
Then when troubles occur and the relationship ends, suddenly a man or woman is bereft, and left with no source of affirmation because he or she didn't take the time to love God.
Sometimes when a man sees a woman across the room it would be better if he were to go alone to a deserted place for a week or more to pray, write poetry, and to travel than to go across that room to her.
First he must know himself, he should love God and orbit around His Will, and then and perhaps only then should he venture forth across that room and brave that first "hello."
Man Cannot live without love, and most importantly he cannot live and wouldn't even exist without having God's love first.