I was very interested to read this post on St Bernard the other day. Four degrees of love, eh? I’d never heard of that before but I can see exactly where I am on the scale. I’m just moving into the second degree:
Next, man sees that he is dependent on something and faith leads him to seek God and love Him because of his dependence on Him – a selfish love
It’s never seemed right to me to love God because of what one receives from the relationship. But I’m incapable of loving a God I don’t really know for His own sake. And then I feel like a failure because I haven’t lived up to expectations. So it’s nice to know that there is somewhere else to go. I think I’m starting to see that this is a journey of progress rather than merely a destination.