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Emotional love takes its origin in the senses, and displays its presence through feelings which become more or less vivid and absorbing according to character and circumstances. It may never be expressed, sometimes it is not even recognized for what it is, but it presents a challenge to the whole personality. It is our response to this challenge which is one of the most important elements in human life; for the emotion itself is not love, it can be the pathway to it or it can be the road to its rejection. Love itself lies deeper than feeling and further than desire, for the love of God which is drawing all men to Himself and to each other may be translated into feeling, but cannot be confined by it.

Dom Aelred Watkin (from The Enemies of Love, 1958)

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