The idea that the human spirit can contemplate
loving something forever
is the most moving thing in the world.
For a heart to give birth to the thought
“I shall give myself to thee forever”
is a mystery most profound
which surpasses all knowledge
and the words of infinite worlds.
In it is the bottomless mystery of love itself.
For when a person desires to love something forever,
imitating the life of God:
the mystery of existence itself.
To wish to give oneself to another presupposes a knowledge of
and the beautiful
and the lovely:
for one can only want what appears to be
good and beautiful and lovely.
This desire also presupposes
separateness and relationality:
for one can only desire union with that which is in some way
distinct from oneself
and which can be related to.
But the desire is not merely for the sake of giving
so that the other may have:
but also so that the one given
is united to that which is being given to.
Thus I want to give myself to my wife,
not only so that she may have me,
but so that I shall be united to her, and so have her.
This phenomenon of self-gift:
What other desire is there,
than the desire for unity,
a unity so close that there remains
no space of separation left between –
no way in which a closer unity would be possible?
For a heart to be united to another –
for a spirit to join another such that the two are in no sense separated –
what other desire is there?
This desire we must turn
to the beating heart of Christ:
for his heart is itself united to the source of all life
and love and goodness and beauty
and being itself.
We must seek ever more
to draw those we love and wish to be united with
into this union with the Lord.
For once all are perfectly united,
all shall be perfectly satisfied,
and all shall be perfectly joyous,
as the one desire of the human heart
– unity –
is perfectly fulfilled.