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This is the opening statement of the book I am currently reading:

“Man knows that there is such a thing as love, but he does not know what love is. He knows that there is such a thing as love from common speech, as when it is said, he loves me, a king loves his subjects, and subjects love their king, a husband loves his wife, a mother her children, and conversely; also, this or that one loves his country, his fellow citizens, his neighbor; and likewise of things abstracted from person, as when it is said, one loves this or that thing. But although the word love is so universally used, hardly anybody knows what love is. And because one is unable, when he reflects upon it, to form to himself any idea of thought about it, he says either that it is not anything, or that it is merely something flowing in from sight, hearing, touch, or interaction with others, and thus affecting him. He is wholly unaware that love is his very life; not only the general life of his whole body, and the general life of all his thoughts, but also the life of all their particulars.”

So, so very true! And it’s wonderful and so calming when you find the simple answer to the question of love.

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Currently Reading…

ANGELIC WISDOM CONCERNING THE DIVINE LOVE AND THE DIVINE WISDOM

BY

EMANUEL SWEDENBORG

I want to note that I really, really love the Gutenberg Free Library project hosted online, which is where I found this book. This website is a treasure trove of all kinds of books from all sorts of historical periods. I’ve been downloading books from all manner of subjects almost this entire afternoon and into the evening.

This book title really stood out to me. The book was originally written in Latin in 1763, then translated into English in 1794 here in the US. Whenever I see a title regarding “divine love and wisdom”, I’m always drawn to it immediately. I’ve not started reading it yet (although I have no doubt that will happen very soon!), but I did browse through the first couple of pages and saw enough there to really whet my spiritual appetite!

I’ll post an update on this once I’ve finished the book, and offer my thoughts thereon.

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