"...When the human spirit is transformed in deep union of love with the Spirit, motivation for our love shifts. We no longer love because the object of our love pleases us, but the motivation to love is now in God. We love without knowing why; we simply love and can do nothing but love. The soul now loves God, not through itself but through [God]. 'I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).'"
St. John of the Cross as quoted in "Welcoming Prayer, Consent on the Go," Contemplative Outreach
Blessings this Christmas season, and always.