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Forum Friends,

 

There are over a thousand paragraphs that refer to love and affection. These gems are a few that tie love to truth, beauty and/or goodness. Add yours!

 

Happy Valentines' everyone~

...The will of God is divine truth, living love....

 

"...Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful...."

 

...Only a PERSON can love and be loved. Even beauty and truth would be divorced from survival hope if they were not attributes of a personal God, a loving Father....

 

...Truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly co-ordinated and unified in God, who is love....

 

...To finite man truth, beauty, and goodness embrace the full revelation of divinity reality. As this love-comprehension of Deity finds spiritual expression in the lives of God-knowing mortals, there are yielded the fruits of divinity: intellectual peace, social progress, moral satisfaction, spiritual joy, and cosmic wisdom....

 

...Universal beauty is the recognition of the reflection of the Isle of Paradise in the material creation, while eternal truth is the special ministry of the Paradise Sons who not only bestow themselves upon the mortal races but even pour out their Spirit of truth upon all peoples. Divine goodness is more fully shown forth in the loving ministry of the manifold personalities of the Infinite Spirit. But love, the sum total of these three qualities, is man's perception of God as his spirit Father....

 

...Love is the highest motivation which man may utilize in his universe ascent. But love, divested of truth, beauty, and goodness, is only a sentiment, a philosophic distortion, a psychic illusion, a spiritual deception....

 

...As divine love reveals the nature of God, eternal truth discloses his name in ever-enlarging proportions....

 

...love is all-embracing of truth, beauty, and goodness....

 

...He exalted love--truth, beauty, and goodness....

 

 

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Happy day, the day of celebrating romantic love!

 

From Wikipedia:

 

Valentine's Day

 

Saint Valentine's Day

225px-Antique_Valentine_1909_01.jpg

Antique
Valentine's card

 

Saint Valentine's Day
, commonly known as
Valentine's Day
,
[1]
[2]
[3]
or the
Feast of Saint Valentine
,
[4]
is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.
[3]

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named
Valentinus
. The most popular
martyrology
associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing
weddings
for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were
persecuted under the Roman Empire
; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote her a letter "from your Valentine" as a farewell.
[5]
[6]
Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official
feast day
in the
Anglican Communion
,
[7]
as well as in the
Lutheran Church
.
[8]
The
Eastern Orthodox Church
also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on
July 6th
and
July 30th
, the former date in honor of the Roman
presbyter
Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).
[9]
[10]

The day was first associated with
romantic love
in the circle of
Geoffrey Chaucer
in the
High Middle Ages
, when the tradition of
courtly love
flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which
lovers
expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering
confectionery
, and sending
greeting cards
(known as "
valentines
").
[1]
[3]
Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the
heart-shaped
outline, doves, and the figure of the winged
Cupid
. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced
greeting cards
.
[11]

 

 

 

From the UB:

 

 

The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man present the paradox of the part and the whole on the level of personality. God loves
each
individual as an individual child in the heavenly family. Yet God thus loves
every
individual; he is no respecter of persons, and the universality of his love brings into being a relationship of the whole, the universal brotherhood.
P.138 - §3

 

 

 

 

Have a happy day,

Meredith

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Hooray for romantic love! Romance doesn't just mean amorousness, it means the excitement of mystery associated with love. What is more mysterious than the Thought Adjuster? Who is it that loves us more? Such excitement, such yearning, such devotion and desire. I'm all about romance.

 

Joyous romancing everyone!

 

143:7.8 Worship is the act of the son's personal communion with the divine Father, the assumption of refreshing, creative, fraternal, and romantic attitudes by the human soul-spirit.

 

112:7.18 What an adventure! What a romance! A gigantic creation to be administered by the children of the Supreme, these personalized and humanized Adjusters, these Adjusterized and eternalized mortals, these mysterious combinations and eternal associations of the highest known manifestation of the essence of the First Source and Center and the lowest form of intelligent life capable of comprehending and attaining the Universal Father.

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Hooray for romantic love! Romance doesn't just mean amorousness, it means the excitement of mystery associated with love. What is more mysterious than the Thought Adjuster? Who is it that loves us more? Such excitement, such yearning, such devotion and desire. I'm all about romance.

 

Joyous romancing everyone!

 

143:7.8 Worship is the act of the son's personal communion with the divine Father, the assumption of refreshing, creative, fraternal, and romantic attitudes by the human soul-spirit.

 

112:7.18 What an adventure! What a romance! A gigantic creation to be administered by the children of the Supreme, these personalized and humanized Adjusters, these Adjusterized and eternalized mortals, these mysterious combinations and eternal associations of the highest known manifestation of the essence of the First Source and Center and the lowest form of intelligent life capable of comprehending and attaining the Universal Father.

 

Bonita beat me to it! Well said/done, Sister. But there's another :D

 

...In the more advanced planetary ages these seraphim enhance man's appreciation of the truth that uncertainty is the secret of contented continuity. They help the mortal philosophers to realize that, when ignorance is essential to success, it would be a colossal blunder for the creature to know the future. They heighten man's taste for the sweetness of uncertainty, for the romance and charm of the indefinite and unknown future.... P.438 - 2 (39:5)

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(1616.10) 143:7.8 Worship is the act of a part identifying itself with the Whole; the finite with the Infinite; the son with the Father; time in the act of striking step with eternity. Worship is the act of the son’s personal communion with the divine Father, the assumption of refreshing, creative, fraternal, and romantic attitudes by the human soul-spirit.

 

(1243.2) 113:2.5 The angels develop an abiding affection for their human associates; and you would, if you could only visualize the seraphim, develop a warm affection for them. Divested of material bodies, given spirit forms, you would be very near the angels in many attributes of personality. They share most of your emotions and experience some additional ones.

 

(1246.1) 113:5.2 Angels are so near you and care so feelingly for you that they figuratively “weep because of your willful intolerance and stubbornness.” Seraphim do not shed physical tears; they do not have physical bodies; neither do they possess wings. But they do have spiritual emotions, and they do experience feelings and sentiments of a spiritual nature which are in certain ways comparable to human emotions.

 

Seems to be lots of "romancing" going on. Parental, then romantic love are a path to true and selfless love for others. Such romance introduces the mind to caring and the soul to the flavor and fragrence of reciprocation, it is a blending of two into the oneness of togetherness....but it is pattern and example of that which is greater, it is but a gate into the garden of love and its delights.....and those of us who have been fortunate enough to find romance in its fullness have tasted the sweet fruit of the true vine.

 

Happy Lovers Day to all my brothers and sisters here. :wub:

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