Loving someone rightly is difficult because selfish motives often seep into even our closest relationships. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz uses the story of the Fall in Genesis to show how, despite our selfish motives, we are still made for love. He shows how the Fall was not a curse from God but a remedy for humanity’s broken idea of love. Because Adam and Eve—and subsequently, each one of us—chose self-preservation over self-gift and wanted pleasure apart from sacrifice, God had to teach us that love costs something. He provided a remedy and a Redeemer so we could learn to be a gift from him to others.
Fr. Mike is also a presenter in these faith formation programs from Ascension:
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Andrew Church in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on June 28 in 2019. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)