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The Act of Love

Information about the Act of Love Prayer


The Act of Love is a traditional Catholic prayer that is based on Matthew 22:37-29, in which Jesus explains the "two greatest commandments" to love God and love neighbor (others in our lives). Traditionally, the word "love" used in this passage is often translated "charity," because in English the word "love" has such a broad meaning. In Greek, the word used is agape, which means a selfless and unconditional love, that isn't given based on the merit of the person being loved.

Women sitting next to child by David Bennett

Act of Love
O Lord God,
I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest,
infinite and perfect good
worthy of all my love.
In this love
I intend to live and die.
Amen.


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