On understanding the secret ingredient to love

“To Karol Wojtyla, love is not something that is given to couples or something that “happens” to them. Rather, it is a task, thrown to them by God. The measure of their love is not the intensity of their emotions or attractions but rather the degree to which they feel responsible for one another. In his words, “When a man and a woman are united by true love, each one takes on the destiny, the future of the other, as his or her own. Thus, only when love is virtuous does it deserve to be called love.”

Jason Evert, ‘Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves’ (p 106)

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