That which in itself is complete, self-sufficient, eternally blessed, which has no wants to satisfy, creates what it doesn’t need, creates because being love, it desires to give, and gives, seeing in the very moment of creation, the necessity for the crucifixion. Insofar as we become capable of that sort of love, agape is entering our lives.
In my critique of the loves I have stressed their rivalry to God, less than their failure without God, to be completely, or to remain securely, the sorts of love they profess to be. And this I hope might make it easier for us to believe, and not merely to acknowledge verbally, that they are after all, second things. Because to let us down while legitimately attracting us, is the very characteristic of a second thing which has been treated as a first thing.
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
Ghosts from the past
On the bus today I saw D., a developmentally delayed gentleman who had taken my wing tzun classes at the Art of Defense studio around 10 years ago. I recognized him and had a quick chat while we rode across the bridge. D. had challenges in my WT class due to balance and coordination issues, but he stayed in for a good while and I think I was reasonably patient with him. Over the span of 20+ years of coaching martial arts I have experienced relation with a great many students. It’s funny to bump into someone from long ago. It reminds me to be kind and present with all.