Love As If . . .


Love as if loving is the first thing on your to-do list.
Love as if you have no other plan but to love.
Love as if you are confident that love makes good things happen.
Love as if this is your first opportunity to love.
Love as if this is your last opportunity to love.
Love as if loving can heal all wounds.
Love as if loving is your first purpose on earth.
Love as if loving is your favorite choice.
Love as if you have that kind of power.
Love as if it will keep the earth spinning in vast, beautiful space.

This poem-prayer can be found in my book Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living.


  1. Vinta and Ann,
    Your poem on Loving was so very powerful= thank you. Anne’s comments above were equally expressive. Thank you both! I made Valentine cards out of the poem and Ann’s comments for my spouse, our six (now grown) children and their spouses (and our two grandchildren). My “glue stick” and “scissor” skills improved with the making of each card. The thoughts expressed by both of you helped me to find the language of God’s love for each of us and share it with those whom I love. Thank you.

  2. Beautiful poem and so precious at this time of the year . Love how you begin with Love as if !! Thanks for this and bless you for your wonderful work . ❤️🙏

  3. I wholeheartedly agree with all the above comments. It ties in with part of the Lectio Divina we had this week
    “We are precious in the eyes of God. We have been gifted with that gracefulness of God’s presence at Baptism. This gracefulness includes all our gifts, our capacity to relate and transmit the values of the Kingdom. God looks at us with loving eyes and we allow ourselves to be seen, to be scrutinized by God’s Word.
    We find that we, too, are like earthen vessels containing the Mystery of God. The Light has came to take away our darkness, the darkness that diminishes the dignity of our brothers/sisters who suffer loneliness and solitude.”
    Thank-you al

  4. Thank you Vinita, what a great post. It makes me think of The Four Loves. Especially at Valentine’s, we focus on romantic love, but so many other kinds of love are important. Jesus was the world’s greatest lover, but not in a romantic way.

  5. Vinita, your presentation brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for such a love-ly poem. I am sending it to my email list for a Valentine for each one of them. Again, your reflections hit me right where I need to be hit. Thank you. And Happy Valentine’s Day.


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