The Retiring Sort

Love isn’t simple. The ancient Greeks understood this so well that they had three different words to express it:

1)  Agape –  Perfect, unconditional love – Often characterized as the love of God. Most of us mere mortals have to work hard at achieving this.

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. –  Leviticus 19:18, KJV

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.   –  St. Francis of Assisi

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It’s wonderful how love of one sort or another tracks throughout our lives.

Most of us first feel it from our parents and caregivers when we’re babies and children. This is selfless and embracing love. This is where we first learn the importance of trust and forgiveness. Sometimes these relationships follow and sustain us for many years.

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2)   Philos – Brotherly love – the kind we feel for our friends and family…

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