“God’s paradise is the human heart.” Reading this quote by St. Alphonsus Liguori, always melts my heart. It also reminds me how intensely pure and unconditional God’s love is for me: something I’ve always wanted yet feared my whole life. In any love relationship, being committed is terrifying because you’re allowing yourself to be vulnerable. You don’t know what’s going to happen or how much you’ll have to give up of yourself to grow together, so you don’t grow apart.
Then I remember that God’s love is perfect and mine’s not. Paul talks about God’s ideal love in 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8, “Love is patient, love is kind…It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...Love never fails.” I’m always moved after reading these words precisely because they speak to my heart. They remind me that God’s love is always authentic. He passionately loves me, you, and everyone else like that, and the words “God’s paradise is the human heart,” not only melts my heart but consoles its trepidations.
God gave us an intellect, so I don’t believe God wants us to have blind faith. Otherwise, I don’t think Jesus would have said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew: 7:7) All we have to do is open the door of our hearts and let God into our paradise.