No Love Without Grief

“Tell us, fool, who knows more of love–the one
who has joys from it or the one who has trials
and griefs? He answered: There cannot be any
knowledge of love without both of them.(Ramon Lull, The Book of the Lover and the

When I imagine that I want to learn to love
God–and to love my husband and others whom God
has given me to love–let me test the desire of
my willingness to accept trial and grief. If I
can welcome them–Yes, Lord!–and believe God’s
purpose in them, I am learning the lesson of
love. If I cannot, it’s a fair indication that my
desire to love is a delusion.”
                                          – Elisabeth Elliot

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