The Paradox of Love

The paradox of Love …is a used-up title, but is worth re-meditating and re-contemplating upon.


Why does it take faith and hope to know and understand love?


Why is the image of fire used to describe zealous/passionate love, but also hell?


We might take for granted the fact that candles are used in bedroom, bathroom and/or for a romantic dinner as well as right next to the Tabernacle in a Catholic church.


Love in the flesh demands waiting: waiting to be loved and to love in return. In the Old Testament, God waited hundreds of years before raising up Moses to liberate the Israelites from the Egyptians. In the New Testament again, hundreds of years were passed before the Incarnation took place. We all know what it is like to wait with flesh in time and space. Imagine all of these realities were taken away from us. This is the reality state of holy souls in purgatory. This is when the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love are absolutely tangible. These soon-to-be-canonized Saints are one step away from the invisible reality of the Sacraments. Therefore, it is worth waiting. Interestingly, the Saints in heaven are, for lack of better terms, also waiting for that ultimate reunion with their glorified bodies.

The communion of Saints will be tangible for us when we ask them to be our soul in heaven while we, in the state of grace, be their flesh on earth. This debatable mystery is possible when we receive the Eucharist. The Holy Communion of the Saints' souls within our grace-filled flesh makes the one Body of Christ a tangible reality (the One Complex Reality or Eschatological tension indeed). This might also help to explain why we are named after certain Saints for we are united in the one Person of Christ living on earth as He is in heaven.


Isn't it worth the wait to finally meet our soul (the Saints) and call out his/her name which is so part of our identity already?


God speed,

 -Br. Loren Tran, OP