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The Act of Love

Information about the Act of Love Prayer

The Act of Love is a traditional Catholic prayer based on Matthew 22:37-29, where Jesus explains the "two greatest commandments": 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.

Updated 05-12-2017

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