Love and Responsibility


This month is Valentine’s Day which means love is in the air. But as anybody that is married knows, there is a lot more to love than a night out. It comes down to “dying to oneself” and serving another. Willing the good of the other. Below are some quotes from Saint John Paul the Great regarding the true nature of Christian Love.

“A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.” 

“Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial.” 

“Love consists of a commitment which limits one’s freedom – it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one’s freedom on behalf of another.” 

“Friendship, as has been said, consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person’s good.” 

“Take away from love the fullness of self-surrender, the completeness of personal commitment, and what remains will be a total denial and negation of it.” 

“Limitation of one’s freedom might seem to be something negative and unpleasant, but love makes it a positive, joyful and creative thing. Freedom exists for the sake of love.” 

“…if desire is predominant it can deform love between man and woman and rob them both of it.” 

“Treating a person as a means to an end, and an end moreover which in this case is pleasure, the maximization of pleasure, will always stand in the way of love.” 

“Love is never something ready-made, something merely ‘given’ to man and woman, it is always at the same time a ‘task’ which they are set. Love should be seen as something which in a sense never ‘is’ but is always only ‘becoming’, and what it becomes depends upon the contribution of both persons and the depth of their commitment.”

“The capacity to love is determined by the fact that man is ready to seek the good consciously with others, to subordinate himself to this good because of others, or to subordinate himself to others because of this good.”

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