Qualities of Love – 1

Reading Anthony DeMello’s contemplation Love One Another, he notes that love has for qualities.  The first quality is that love has “indiscriminate character.”  He writes:

“Take a look at a rose.  Is it possible for the rose to say ‘I shall offer my fragrance to good people and withhold it from bad people?’  Or can you imagine a lamp that withholds its rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in its light?  It could only do that by ceasing to be a lamp.  And observe how helplessly and indiscriminately a tree gives its shade to everone, good and bad, young and old, high and low; to animals and humans and every living creature – even to the one who seeks to cut it down.”

It occurs to me that I can of course mount an argument for being discriminate with love, but it seems the white flag is the wiser option.

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