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Such is the power of love

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Such is the power of love

‘Such is the power of love, that it transforms the lover into the beloved’ – Hugh of St Victor.

We can understand this statement on a very mundane level:  ‘you are what you eat’.  We have perhaps seen how friends might dress alike, or married couples pick up each others’ personality traits.  Hugh of St Victor’s image, however, was of the devoted soul drawing closer and closer to God and sharing more and more deeply in his divinity.  We can understand how,  as we grow in our love of Christ, we grow in virtue and so become more patient, kind, gentle, self-less, charitable… in short more Christ-like.

However, there’s a huge difference between becoming like someone and being transformed into ones beloved.  According to Hugh of St Victor, does it follow that if we love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength we will be transformed into God?  Is that not over stepping the mark?

Amazingly, no.  The Catechism states that The Word became flesh to make us ‘partakers of the divine nature’, and goes on to quote Athanasius and Aquinas on this point:

St Athanasius clearly states:

  ‘For the Son of God became man so that we might become God’

 and St Thomas Aquinas agrees:

 ‘The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods’. 

 We can’t fully understand the mystery of how this will be, but we would do well to meditate upon this truth, that a greater awareness of the sheer generosity of God will awaken in us an ever-greater love of him who first loved us.

 

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