Agape’ is the Greek word used in Christian scripture to describe the unconditional, unmerited, infinite, abundantly flowing Love of God. Even more than that, Agape’ reminds us that God is LOVE and that we too are that Love in our connection with God, with one another and with all of Creation. By embracing Agape’, we REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT WE ARE. When we remember the LOVE that we are, we know:
In our origin in Oneness with God, we knew nothing but this love. Participating in the human experience, we temporarily perceive ourselves as separate from God and have forgotten this love. Instead of peace, contentment and joy, we know:
In this place of fear, we see ourselves as disconnected, separate, in competition, and we feel the restless longing to find the remedy to these inner feelings of discontent. Unfortunately, until we remember the LOVE that we are, our search for inner peace will only leave us empty and unsatisfied.
The Good News is that we are not doomed to live a life of discontent. It is God’s desire that we remember the love that we are and in God’s goodness, God has sent us an infinite number of teachers who have remembered this love themselves and have left us tools through which we too can remember this love. Jesus of Nazareth is one of those teachers as is the Buddha, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi and countless saints, mystics, prophets, gurus, etc. etc. etc. The common theme among all of these teachers is that the path to remembering this love is:
- selfless service
I am grateful for the teachers who have shared these tools with me through the lens of Christian Contemplation. I first experienced these tools through Sr. Marie Schwan, (a sister of St. Joseph and a devote’ of Ignatian spirituality) and her Take and Receive books. I have since used these tools daily and for the past 17+ years have shared these tools with others and seen results that are nothing short of miraculous. Through the lens of Christian Contemplation, the path to remembering the love that we are is rooted in our intimate and personal relationship with God and in coming to know God, we come to know ourselves and in coming to know ourselves, we come to know our own unique giftedness and how we are being called to be this LOVE in the world through the generous sharing of our gifts. Disciplined attention to this path leads us to:
- Remembering the love that we are
- Inner peace and contentment
- The discovery, cultivation and sharing of our gifts
- The betterment of the world through the sharing of our gifts
The Challenge is that the recollection of this LOVE doesn’t just happen – WE HAVE TO WORK at it! But, the efforts are totally worth it!
So, here is something that can help:
Agape’ is a resource that I have developed to provide you with the tools you need to assist you in your goal of remembering the LOVE that you are. Agape’ is a weekly resource for contemplative meditation available on a subscription basis. As a subscriber, you will receive the weekly Agape’ newsletter which consists of resources for your personal spiritual practice. Each weekly newsletter includes:
- A scripture reading (or two)
- Some background on the scripture (historical and sociological context, literary genre, author, audience, etc.)
- A brief reflection on the scripture
- Suggested meditation/contemplation/prayer activity using the scripture
- Questions for personal reflection or to be shared within a small group
And, subscriptions to Agape’ are affordable for everyone!!!!!
So, if you are looking for resources to help you to remember the LOVE that you are, to grow in peace, contentment and joy and to lead you toward personal fulfillment, check out AGAPE’ or click on the “Meditation Resources” link on this site. Or….to make it even easier, here is the link: http://yourspiritualtruth.com/the-agape-project/.
Authentic Freedom Ministries