“Agape is the love that consumes.” (from The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

by Catherine Chiu

“Agape is total love. It is the love that consumes the person who experiences it. Whoever knows and experiences agape learns that nothing else in the world is important — just love. They had so much to give — and their world demanded so little — that they went out into the deserts and to isolated places, because the love they felt was so great that it transformed them. The love that consumes makes everything else — absolutely everything — lose its importance. Those men lived just to be consumed by their love.”