I was introduced to the author Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist, which is an extraordinary tale of self-discovery. Over the years, I've read some of his other books, and I always find the words and stories to be perfection. The following passage from his novel, Adultery, was recently shared with me and it was so true and eloquent that I had to share it here.
“Should someone beg forgiveness for harboring an impossible Love?
No, certainly not.
Because God’s Love for us is also impossible. It’s never requited at the time, and yet He continues to love us. He loves us so much that He sent His only son to explain how love is the force that moves the sun and all the stars. In one of his letters to the Corinthians (which we were made to learn by heart at school), Paul says:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or as a tinkling cymbal.
And we all know why. We often hear what seem to be great ideas to transform the world, but they are words spoken without feeling, empathy or Love. However logical and intelligent they might be, they do not touch us.
Paul compares Love with Prophecy, with knowledge of the Mysteries, and with Faith and Charity.
Why is Love more important than Faith?
Because Faith is merely the road that leads us to the Greater Love.”