To Speak of Love

by Scott D. Hendricks

To speak of love is to dare to speak of God; for, according to St John the Theologian, ‘God is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God’ (1 John 4 : 16). And the astonishing thing is that this chief of all the virtues is a natural virtue. Thus, in the Law, it is given pride of place: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might’ (Deut. 6 : 5).

~ St. Peter of Damascus

G.E.H. Palmer and Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware trans., The Philokalia: the complete text, vol. 3 (New York: Faber and Faber, 1986), 253.